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."[1]

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[2] and bibliographic databases.

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Paul Otlet, to work in an office built at his home following the closure of the Palais Mondial in June 1937


  1. Reitz, Joan M. (2010). "Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science".
  2. "MLA Field Bibliographers". Retrieved 2013-10-08.

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