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Libraries & Culture 39.1 (2004) 106-107

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Accademie e Biblioteche d'Italia. Rivista del Ministero per i Beni e le attività culturali—Direzione generale per i beni librari e gli istituti culturali. Anno LXIX (1° NUOVA SERIE). Nos. 1-2, Rome: Palombi Editori, 2001, 212 pp. Nos. 3-4, Rome: Palombi Editori, 2001, 198 pp. ISSN 0393-4451. Available only by subscription at

Accademie e Biblioteche d'Italia is the oldest journal dedicated to the world of libraries that is published in Italy. Founded in 1927, it was first published by the Direzione centrale delle Accademie e Biblioteche of the Ministry of Public Instruction. Since 1975 the journal has been published by the Direzione generale per i beni librari e gli istituti culturali in the Ministry of Culture. The journal has undergone several distinct phases. Until the 1960s, Accademie e Biblioteche d'Italia was the only library journal in Italy, and from 1931 to 1964 it published the proceedings of the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche. Indices were printed in 1989 (for the first fifty issues in volume 57) and again in 2000 (in volume 68).

Since it began in 1927, the journal has usually dedicated more attention to historical and literary concerns than to library issues, but it has remained closely attached to the state libraries of Italy. Unlike the library system in the United States, the Italian library system clearly distinguishes libraries based on ownership: state libraries (of which there are about fifty), city libraries, university libraries, and so on.

Since the journal was founded during the fascist period, it is not surprising that it has remained formal and traditional, devoting more attention to rare books and special collections than to the problems of library management and organization. Articles printed in the journal are usually of high quality. The journal has also remained interested in academies and cultural institutions in Italy, which are numerous.

The series that began with the new millennium features an elegant blue cover with color illustrations and a new graphic design. After many university professors, [End Page 106] the editor is now Francesco Sicilia, general director of the Central Office for Library Holdings, Cultural Institutions and Publishing in the Ministry of Culture, who is the head of a scientific committee.

The texts are presented as articles followed by various sections: "Rassegne," summary articles on special topics such as the article "Gli addetti al restauro: Normativa e problematiche" by Osvaldo Avallone, vol. 69, nos. 3-4 (2001); "Fondi," studies of special collections; "Acquisti in antiquariato," recently acquired old editions; and "Notiziario, Recensioni e segnalazioni," information, reviews, and notes. Most of these sections seek to publicize the activities of the state libraries in promoting and exploiting their holdings and also in improving them by acquiring old editions, which are listed here (without indicating prices).

Some articles are based on new research such as "Il manoscritto alfa.T.3.11 della Biblioteca Estense di Modena e i suoi modelli" by Cecilia Venturi, vol. 69, nos. 1-2 (2001), and "Girolamo Tiraboschi bibliotecario al Collegio Gesuitico Braidense. La compilazione del catalogo per classi" by Cristina Selva, vol. 69, nos. 3-4 (2001). Nevertheless, the main aim of the journal, to judge from these two issues, is to illustrate the library policies that the Ministry of Culture in- tends to pursue in its future activities. Issue 1-2 contains an important document, a feasibility study for the creation of the Biblioteca Digitale Italiana (, which is part of a national plan to digitize documents of various kinds that are in libraries in Italy. This ambitious project proposes a new organizational model, with more coordination between libraries and exchanges with other cultural institutions.

In conclusion, Accademie e Biblioteche d'Italia seems to be more an official journal of a state institution rather than a journal for research and debate. For this reason it remains the most authoritative and best source for information about state libraries in Italy.

Angela Nuovo...


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