Information history has gained success as a unique perspective on past societies and cultures, although as Toni Weller has shown in her introduction to information history one currently finds a British dominance within the discipline.1 In Denmark, much information history research can be found within related areas such as library history, media history, history of technology and communication, or book history, for example.2 Book history offers, for instance, aspects on how information was distributed in the various written media of books and almanacs.3 The neighbouring and joint discipline of library history has a long and strong tradition mainly focusing on the construction period of the public library system in Denmark, from 1880 to 1920.4 The strong concentration on public library history has therefore in many respects led to scholars neglecting the research libraries, other kinds of libraries and more broadly library functions. In short, traditional library history in Denmark is a typical example of the focus on the library as an institution, and not on the library as a function. From my point of view, information history comprises the history of the library and reframes it by rethinking its history as a question of the library function of dispersing and distributing information, of gathering and preserving information in many other areas than just within the frames of the library. Libraries have to a large extent monopolized these functions — a position that library historians (including the author of this chapter) have reproduced when concentrating alone on public libraries.
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