Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Centuries-Old Library Program Enters the 21st Century
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Tuesday January 16, 2007
In 1537, French King Francis I launched an ambitious initiative to collect and preserve all documents published in France. To achieve his objective, he enacted a law requiring all publishers to submit copies of their publications to the Crown. The practice of mandatory publication deposits, which later became known as legal deposit, caught on as many countries sought to preserve their heritage by establishing similar requirements.