Intellectual Exchange and the New Information Order of the Interwar Years: The British Society for International Bibliography, 1927-1937

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Abstract

This article examines how the internationalism of the interwar years interacted with a growing concern for documentation and knowledge organization. To this end, it examines the work of the British Society for International Biography. The organization sought close links with British institutions but had pronounced transnational features: it championed the Universal Decimal Classification, collaborated with the International Institute of Bibliography in Brussels, and interacted with the League of Nations’ bodies for intellectual cooperation. As a whole, the article shows how different actors sought to shape a new information order, yet it also traces the obstacles that they encountered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-477
JournalLibrary Trends
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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