A bibliographer is a person who describes and lists books and other publications, with particular attention to such characteristics as authorship, publication date, edition, typography, etc. The result of this endeavor is a bibliography. A person who limits such efforts to a specific field or discipline is a subject bibliographer."
A bibliographer, in the technical meaning of the word, is anyone who writes about books. But the accepted meaning since at least the 18th century is a person who attempts a comprehensive account—sometimes just a list, sometimes a fuller reckoning—of the books written on a particular subject. In the present, bibliography is no longer a career, generally speaking; bibliographies tend to be written on highly specific subjects and by specialists in the field. For the bibliographers in Wikipedia, assembling and categorizing books was either a major professional pursuit or a lifelong avocation.
The term bibliographer is sometimes - in particular subject bibliographer - today used about certain roles performed in libraries and bibliographic databases.
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- "MLA Field Bibliographers". mla.org. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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