Book History Online is a searchable bibliographic database containing details of books and articles on the history of the book worldwide. The database is derived from the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries (ABHB) which itself is an international collaborative venture overseen by the Special Collections Department of the National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek). The database contains over 28,000 records and may be searched by title, author or keyword. Searches may also be limited by country, time period, and date of publication. The keyword index includes a series of subject terms maintained by the editors and includes paleography, printing materials, bookbinding, libraries, newspapers, and publishing . An introduction to the database and help pages are provided together with contact information and a form to suggest new bibliographic records.
Professor Robin Halston's comprehensive Library History Database lists over 27,000 private, public and commercial libraries in the British Isles from the late Middle Ages to 1850. The data can be accessed by location or type of library, and is accompanied by sections providing statistics on the distribution of institutional and commercial libraries, information on the sources used, indexes of place names and library names, and a page dedicated to women in the book trade. Of particular note are the resources here for Country House Libraries and the Elizabethan Society for Antiquaries. Although the navigation can be quite slow due to the sheer size of the files and the lack of an in-built search facility, the contents of the site will not disappoint and the database will prove a great aid for researchers working on Book History, English Studies, or general Cultural Studies projects. At the time of last review, the site noted that the database would soon be transferred to the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
The online journal "World Libraries" is published by the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Riverforest, Illinois. World Libraries is a free online peer reviewed journal on library and information science. It focuses on libraries in the developing world and was formerly known as "Third World Libraries". Author guidelines and an index of back issues are available to view. World Libraries has been published since 1990 and the back issues are presented as text rather than PDF. Many of the articles in earlier issues are not online however. Topics covered include: effects of the civil war and the role of librarians in post-war reconstruction in Sierra Leone; Caribbean librarians and Caribbean publishers and knowledge mobilization in rural regions - a proposed study of the public library as knowledge catalyst. The site is a valuable forum for international cooperation in library and information science. It would be of use to undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers.