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The Library of the Royal School for Library and Information Science
Libraries in Denmark (BIBDAN-project) is presenting the
development and state of the art of the Danish library system in the 20th
century. Included are public and research libraries, whereas school libraries
and the like are excluded.
In the year 1900 professor Andreas Schack Steenberg published his 'Folkebogsamlinger. Deres Historie og Ind-retning' - the BIBDAN-project is celebrating this pioneer work within Danish library science, the text itself being accessible on www since 1999.
This first compilation of sources to library history is
highly selective and by no means pretending to be complete or comprehensive. The
history of Danish research libraries has traditionally been focusing on the
development of individual research libraries, whereas the public libraries from
1920 onwards appear more like a homogeneous sector with a common library Act and
governing body. This distinction may to some degree explain the absence of more
coherent and united monographs dealing with the development of the research
library sector towards the now common Act for all Danish libraries from 2000.
The documents are presented in one of following three formats:
Libraries in Denmark has been funded by Kong Frederik and Dr.
Ingrids Fond, Politiken-fonden, Edv. Pedersens Biblioteksfond, Udviklingspuljen
and Kulturnet Danmark. Their interest and contributions are all warmly
appreciated. Also thanks to the Royal School of Library and Information Science
and its library who has been supporting the project in all ways conceivable.
All suggestions, corrections and discussions are most welcome.
(Pierre Evald, ass.prof.The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Aalborg. 1999)
Introductions to library history:
- Bibliotekshistorien i Danmark. Et strejftog [The library
history of Denmark: an outline] / by former national librarian Palle Birkelund.
in: Kultur og natur. Vandringer blant bøker og bokfolk. Festskrift til Gerhard
Munthe 28.april 1989. Riksbibliotekstjenesten, Oslo, 1989. Page 13-27. Full text.
- At skrive bibliotekshistorie. Om grundlæggelsen af det moderne folkebibliotek i Danmark (The writing of library history: on the foundation of the modern public library in Denmark / by ass. prof. Leif Emerek. in: Det siviliserte informasjonssamfunn. Folkebibliotekernes rolle ved inngangen til en digital tid / editors: Ragnar Andreas Audunson Niels Windfeld Lund. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen, 2001. Page 88-117. Reference.