Bibliographic information organization: a view from now into the past


Bibliographic information organization, in the current meaning of the term, can be traced back to the first inventories or lists or indexes of books in libraries from Sumer times, while the first attempt to produce a universal bibliography is the Bibliotheca Universalis of Konrad Gesner, published in Zürich in 1545. For centuries these two ‘products’ of the recording of libraries’ holdings (the catalogue) and of national print production (the bibliography) were treated as parallel processes, each focused on its particular function and often issued by different institutions or bodies. However, these two functions were brought together with the development and elaboration ...

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