Bureaucracy is often deployed keep track of persons, things, money, knowledge, practices, and beliefs. The drive to account arises when an institution or body of knowledge grows to a scale wherein its components need to be documented and counted. Purposes of accounting vary, but the practice shows the power of bureaucracy to also be its weakness: as duties and powers are delegated and disseminated, the need for administration emerges. Administration demands and depends on accounting to make to represent of institutional processes and development, to make them known. This knowledge is embedded in particular forms and formats: indexes, catalogs, lists, two-column entries, and other cross-referencing systems rely on books created to suit the purposes of keeping accounts.