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Information history: its importance, relevance and future

Toni Weller (Department of Information Science, City University London, London, UK)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 12 July 2007




The purpose of this paper is to explore the emergent field of information history (IH) and to move towards a definition of IH. Some of the more traditional historical approaches to information science are challenged in their claims to be information history.


The historiography of the field is discussed, and an analysis of the continuing development of IH is explored.


IH is a field that has been attracting increasing attention in recent years from historians and information scientists alike. Although still a relatively young area, this paper argues that IH has the potential to develop into a highly relevant and dynamic field of research. The paper concludes with a look at the future for this area of research, with some suggestions as to how IH needs to develop in order to gain the credence and recognition it deserves.


This paper attempts to augment the debate on IH and to encourage a broader recognition of this young and dynamic field within LIS.



Weller, T. (2007), "Information history: its importance, relevance and future", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 59 No. 4/5, pp. 437-448.



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