ERIC Number: ED382204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Ancient Kemetic Roots of Library and Information Science.
Zulu, Itibari M.
This paper argues that the ancient people of Kemet (Egypt), "the black land," built and operated the first major libraries and institutions of higher education in the world. Topics of discussion include the Ancient Egyptians as an African people; a chronology of Ancient Kemet; literature in Kemet; a history of Egyptian Librarianship; the temple-library-university; the Kemetic library as the prototype for all libraries; the first librarians and library directors; library architecture; Kemetic education; the roots of the Dewey Decimal system in Kemetic classification; the classification system of Kemet; information retrieval and a library catalogs in Kemet; roots of the bookcase/chest in Kemet; and miseducation and misinformation on library history. (Contains 70 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: African Literature, Classification, Development, Dewey Decimal Classification, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, History, Information Retrieval, Librarians, Libraries, Library Administration, Library Catalogs, Postsecondary Education
Itibari M. Zulu, Librarian, 44 Haines Hall, UCLA Center for Afro-American Studies, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1545 ($5).
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Afro-American Studies Center.
Identifiers: Africa; Egypt
Note: Paper extracted from "Culture Keepers: Enlightening and Empowering Our Communities." Proceedings of the National Conference of African American Librarians (1st, Columbus, Ohio, September 4-6, 1992). Photographs and illustrations used for presentation not included here.