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Title:Thanks, Prof. Rayward, for Explaining...
Author(s):Burke, Colin
Subject(s):Rayward, W.Boyd
Information history
Otlet, Paul, 1868-1944
Abstract:Information history is moving beyond listing the “what” and to answering how-and-why systems emerged, prospered, or died. This paper explores the nature of (and debates over) explanation in historical studies. The conclusion is that the history of information has to rely upon complex explanations that are a mixture of social science and humanities approaches. There are no formulas for such historical work, as shown by Boyd Rayward’s sensitive efforts on the history of Paul Otlet’s career and personal life.
Issue Date:2013
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Library Trends 62 (3) Winter 2014: Essays in Honor of W. Boyd Rayward: Part 1: 293-301.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/49307
ISSN:1559-0682
DOI:10.1353/lib.2013.0036
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-27
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