Documents, memory institutions and information science

Birger Hjørland (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 1 February 2000


This paper investigates the problem of the labelling of the library, documentation and information field with particular emphasis on the terms ‘information’ and ‘document’. What influences introduced the concept of ‘information’ into the library field in the middle of the twentieth century? What kind of theoretical orientations have dominated the field, and how are these orientations linked to epistemological assumptions? What is the implication of the recent influence of socially oriented epistemologies for such basic concepts in IS as ‘information’ and ‘document’? The article explores these problems and advocates an approach with emphasis on documents and on the concept ‘memory institutions’ as generic terms for the central object of study.



Hjørland, B. (2000), "Documents, memory institutions and information science", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 56 No. 1, pp. 27-41.

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