Library History Special Interest Group

Sponsoring body: Library Theory and Research


This Special Interest Group is the continuation (as of 2009) of the former Library History Section. It aims to be the means within IFLA by which professionals specializing in all fields of librarianship can be made aware of the importance of an understanding of the past and of the profession's theoretical foundations to the successful provision of library services in the present and future. In particular, the SIG concentrates on universal and broad themes of library history, regional or international or local experience of general significance.

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Library History, Special Interest Groups, Library history

Last update: 8 February 2016

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The Library History Round Table (LHRT)'s programs at the American Library Association meeting in Orlando, Florida on June 26, 2016

The Library History Round Table's (LHRT) programs at the American Library Association meeting in Orlando on June 26, 2016.

20 June 2016

IFLA Columbus 2016 Conference: Library History/ Multicultural Libraries session 192 Papers

Session 192 Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives | Date: 17.08.2016, Time: 13:45–15:45 | Organizers: Library History (SIG) with Library Services to Multicultural Populations | Chair: Kerry Smith, Australia

10 June 2016

Information History: Perspectives and Prospects | CILIP Library & Information History Group Annual Conference 2016

The theme of the 2016 conference of CILIP's Library and Information History Group is "Information History: Perspectives and Prospects". The conference will be held on Friday, 6 May 2016 at CILIP, London. The informatisation of our culture has prompted a lively discussion across a range of academic disciplines on topics that can justifiably be marshalled under the term 'information history'. While accepting that different cultures and periods of history have understood information in different ways, this conference takes its cue from modern connotations attached to the word. Such connotations revolve around the nature of information as, firstly, something of immediate functional utility and value, and secondly, as discrete units of communicated knowledge, what Nunberg referred to as the 'corpuscular' or 'morselised' nature of information.

23 March 2016

Upcoming Events

2016 August

Session # 192 on “Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives” at WLIC 2016

17 August 2016 (Columbus, Ohio, United States of America)

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