This text was presented on 9th May 2012 at the Librarian and Information Science Department, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. The lecture was arranged by this Department, the Book Culture History Section at the Slovak National Library in Martin and the Slovak Academy of Sciences History Institute in Bratislava. The lecture demonstrates that the bases of Czech bibliological research are very closely interconnected with national retrospective bibliography and that this continuity carries on to this day due to personnel restraints. Hence even nowadays no difference is felt between historical bibliography and bibliology. However, historical bibliography is lacking a modern national plan for historical books fonds and ways to process them and make them digitally available. New bibliological research needs to be conceived separately and emancipated from routine bibliographical procedures. Bibliology should not be understood as static and positivistically oriented, but as an interdisciplinary field with links to literary history, art studies, musicology and so forth The sociocultural functions of the book should also be foregrounded, as should research into reading and the readership community from the standpoint of historical development. The pedagogical process should also be motivated by these considerations, which will help it begin to attain a higher standard with regard to bibliology and the history of book culture.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.