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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

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Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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

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Citation

Weller, T. (2007), "Information history: its importance, relevance and future", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 59 No. 4/5, pp. 437-448. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530710817627

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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