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Information History - An Introduction - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843343943, 9781780631318

Information History - An Introduction

1st Edition

Exploring an Emergent Field

Author: Toni Weller
eBook ISBN: 9781780631318
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843343950
Paperback ISBN: 9781843343943
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st May 2008
Page Count: 150
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Table of Contents

Introducing information history; The relevance of information history; Key schools of thought in information; Information history in practice; Looking forward.


This is a pioneering introduction to the emergent field of information history. It explores how the contemporary values and concerns of our own information society have helped lead to a reconsideration of our history, and of what constitutes our historical understanding of information in the twenty-first century. In Information History, Toni Weller examines the historiography of information and asks how the key schools of thought have explored the concept in terms of its social, technological, economic and cultural understandings. Based on personal experiences, the author also proposes some practical applications of information history in research and university teaching, offering some suggestions as to how the field may develop based on its growth during the last decade.

Key Features

  • A ground-breaking introduction to the field of Information History
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach – embracing both historical, and information science research and ideology
  • Explores the relevance of Information History to contemporary society


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Research and teaching staff in all fields of History and Information Science


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…an accessible overview of information history., Journal of Documentation
…an eloquent and readable call for the further development of information history., Journal of Librarianship and information Science
…highly recommended for all of the various researchers in the key areas of thought in information history. …the book serves as a brief handbook for both the nonhistorian (particularly one teaching beginning professionals in the library and information sccience) and the professional historian., Libraries and the Cultural Record

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About the Author

Toni Weller

Dr Toni Weller was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and City University, London, in the fields of History and Information Science. She is an associate lecturer and honourary fellow at City University, London, and also teaches part-time at the Universities of Loughborough and Warwick. She has a particular interest in the theory and practice of information history and in the social and cultural roles of information in nineteenth century England and has lectured and published internationally on both the theory and practice of the field. She is also Chair of the Library and Information History Group, established in 1962 as a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Affiliations and Expertise

City University, UK