Stamps as an information source, in Turkey

July 3, 2007

While doing some online search this article crossed my way and shall be kept here for the record: Stamps as an information source in the National Library of Turkey by Hakan Anameriç. (published in: Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services Volume 30, Issues 1-2, March-June 2006, Pages 117-127)


Stamps, like any other non-book material such as banknotes, coins, posters, and maps, serve as recording media and source for information that illustrates the social, commercial, political, cultural, historical, and artistic aspects of a society in their own unique style. Using short and abstract text, color graphics and symbols on a limited surface area to communicate its contents is the key attribute that differentiates stamp from other non-book material. For this unique attribute, the stamp can be deemed both as a communication tool and a work of art. Conversely, stamp and other philatelic material in Turkey are largely regarded as collection materials rather than being a source for information. This study aims at performing a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the stamp collection at the National Library of Turkey as well as providing information on cataloging and maintaining of stamps and offering them to the attention of the public to stress the importance of stamps as a source for
information rather than just a collection material.


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