My passion for books, bookshops, libraries and
education is boundless! Present in all aspects of our lives, books
can change the world, as Johannes Gutenberg was soon to realise
after he had perfected his metal moveable type printing press in
1437. Needing to establish the merits of his invention, he decided
to print a book which could not fail to capture the imagination of
his contemporaries - the Bible! In about 1455, he poured lead around
a letter die to form a matrix and a mould and used them to set the
42-line columns of the Bible still known today as the Mazarin Bible
after its illustrious owner. Gutenberg's press soon gained the
recognition it deserved.
Gutenberg's invention had
far-reaching economic and cultural repercussions. Book-making became
so profitable that by 1500 some thirty European cities had acquired
a press and the importance of publishing took on a new dimension.
The works published were carefully chosen and they were to have a
major impact on the spread of European culture. With Gutenberg's
invention it became a lot easier to communicate ideas, firstly those
of the ancient writers and then those of humanist thinkers seeking
to denounce the failings of contemporary society. Knowledge
gradually spread through the efforts of European publishers. Then
came the Reformation. Between 1518 and 1521, no less than 800
editions of a hundred of Martin Luther's works were published in
several languages, and they were to exercise considerable influence
upon European society of the time.
Today, six centuries after
Gutenberg's invention, the printed book is still the prime vehicle
for sharing knowledge. Libraries play a vital role in the process.
Their success is largely due to the simple fact that, rather than
owning books, the important thing is having access to them as and
when needed. Five years spent in the trading rooms of various
merchant banks in the City of London taught me the importance of
having the right information at hand at the right time. Not only was
it nice to have, it was a downright necessity! Sat in front of a
bank of computer screens during the day and an avid web surfer in my
spare time, I started to formulate a vision of how my former
academic profession might, indeed should, benefit from such
Thus was born the Cyberlibris concept – an entirely
new approach to education and research that draws upon a new
resource, the digital library. The French word for library is
"bibliothèque" which, like the English word "bookcase", stems from the Greek biblion (book) and theke
(case). Using the best Internet and digital technology available
today, Cyberlibris instantly unlocks that bookcase and delivers the
right content at the right time directly to the user, be they a
teacher, student or business professional. A digital library has
countless applications in the educational field. For example, when
preparing his course materials, no longer does the teacher have to
stick religiously to the compulsory textbook or other stipulated
reading. Whatever its merits, no single textbook can cover the full
breadth and depth of a discipline. Indeed, to capture the full
essence of any subject we need to consult the full spectrum of views
and beliefs on offer from other authors. Doing the 'sherpa work' for
the students under his wing adds enormously to the conscientious
teacher's value, enabling him to map out a rich variety of course
content. Unlike Gutenberg's printed book, which lends itself ill to
this type of exercise, Cyberlibris fully empowers the teacher. An
incredible wealth of content from the world's leading publishing
houses has been patiently assembled here, so that the teacher may
assemble his own collection of reference material and thus
considerably enhance the value of the learning experience for his
Two years of very intensive work went into taking
Cyberlibris from the concept stage to a fully operational site: http://www.cyberlibris.com/
And we are
hard at work on ways to make the system even better, for Cyberlibris
lives both through and for the community it is designed to serve.
All the members of the Cyberlibris design team share this vision
and have one aim in mind - to keep moving forward and share
knowledge with enthusiasm and passion!
We have developed state-of-the-art digital
technologies (xml, rss, atom, api, newsreader, podcasts…)
to make your Cyberlibris experience most rewarding.
team has selected the best providers whose know-how has been adapted
and incorporated into our platform.
Thanks to our strategic partnership with ebrary® a friendly
and efficient work environment has been developed and crafted to the
specific needs of academic institutions and corporations.
What we offer
A round-the-clock, unrestricted access to the finest
resources in management and economics.
These resources include a digital library and a portfolio of carefully selected business and
academic research contents.
Cyberlibris Academia provides a fresh
perspective on pedagogy and research. It enables academic
institutions to enhance the “richness” and “reachness” of their