January 26, 2008

Online Library of Liberty - It attracts

The main page of this library declares, “to encourage study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals”.

The library is being run as an educational enterprise by Liberty Fund, Inc. in Americas and Europe. According to the main page of the site, it is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Presently, the online library has one thousand books available on-line. Apart from them, there is a section wherein one can find original documents. Many documents are related to the history of America.

In addition to that there is a forum which has numerous articles written by experts. When this feature is compared with Gutenberg project, this library acquires its own character. The Gutenberg project also has articles on different authors but they are written in association with Wikipedia project. The articles written on Liberty Library are exclusive. In addition to that there is feature of Timeline for each author. It makes good source for an academic and scholarly work. The Timeline feature definitely score for Liberty Library over and above Gutenberg. The second feature is that there is a group of classifications over which the available material is spread. It helps the user to undertake a study as per some established school of thought or a time period already decided and accepted by academic and intellectual world. That is other thing that I will still go with Gutenberg project.

The books placed in the Liberty Library belongs to Enlightenment period. This is the period which becomes basis for the study of eighteenth and nineteenth century historic development. I am interest in these two centuries. Therefore, it attracts me more.

The Liberty Library has adopted Amargi as its logo. It is a cuneiform symbol from Sumerian culture. It literary means return to mother. This is the main concept of the library which is to seek a social order which has a real liberty. No doubt, somewhere is the concept reflects the core ideas of Rousseau and
Enlightened period of literature.

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