Library history

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Library history is a subdiscipline within library science and library and information science focusing on the history of libraries and their role in societies and cultures. [1] Some see the field as a subset of information history[2] Library history is an academic discipline and should not be confused with its object of study (history of libraries): the discipline is much younger than the libraries it studies. Library history begins in ancient societies through contemporary issues facing libraries today. [3] Topics include recording mediums, cataloguing systems, scholars, scribes, library supporters and librarians. [4]


  • Libraries & the Cultural Record; exploring the history of collections of recorded knowledge (L & C R); until 2006: Libraries & Culture; until 1988: The Journal of Library History; until 1974: Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship; until 1973: The Journal of Library History
  • Library & Information History (until 2008: Library History; until 1967: Library Association. Library History Group. Newsletter)
  • Library History Review
  • Library History Round Table Newsletter (L H R T Newsletter), until 1992: L H R T Newsletter; until 198?: L H R T; until 1979: A L H R T Newsletter]]
  • Information and Culture; a journal of history


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  1. ^ Buchanan, Anne L. & Herubel, Jean-Pierre V. M. (2011). Subject and Historiographic Characteristics of Library History: Disciplinary considerations and scholarship. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 42(4), 503-522
  2. ^ Black, A. (2006). Information history. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 40 , 441-473.
  3. ^ Murray, Stuart (2009). The Library an illustrated history. New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-706-4. 
  4. ^ Hildenbrand, Suzanne, red. (1996). Reclaiming the American library past: Writing the women in Norwood, N.J.: Ablex.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hildenbrand, Suzanne. Reclaiming the American library past: Writing the women in (Ablex, 1996).
  • Mehra, Bharat, et al. Encyclopedia of library and information sciences (2009).
  • Murray, Stuart A.P. The library: An illustrated history (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2013).
  • Pawley, Christine. "History in the library and information science curriculum: Outline of a debate." Libraries & culture 40.3 (2005): 223-238. online
  • Wiegand, Wayne A., & Davis, Donald G., eds. Encyclopedia of library history. (Garland, 1994).
  • Wiegand, Wayne A. "American library history literature, 1947-1997: theoretical perspectives?." Libraries & Culture (2000): 4-34. in JSTOR

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