Peter Vodosek

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Peter Vodosek in January 2020. Photo: Irmgard Vodosek

Peter Vodosek (born October 20, 1939 in Linz ) is an Austrian library historian .


Vodosek studied history , German and philosophy at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz . He received his doctorate in 1963 and passed the state examination. From 1963 to 1965 he completed a second degree in Stuttgart with a degree in librarianship. Between 1963 and 1969 he was deputy head of the libraries in Linz . In 1969 he became a lecturer at the South German Librarian Training Institute in Stuttgart (renamed the University of Applied Sciences for Libraries in 1971) and from 1975 was a professor at the University of Applied Sciences for Libraries (renamed the University of Library and Information Science in 1995). From 1986 to 2001 Vodosek was rector of the University of Library and Information Science in Stuttgart and then between 2001 and 2002 in the founding rectorate of the Stuttgart Media University . He has been retired since 2004. He is an honorary professor at the Academy of Culture and Arts Kharkov ( Ukraine ), the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts and the Kazakh State Women's Pedagogical Institute in Almaty ( Kazakhstan ).

From 1979 to 2016 Vodosek was a member of the Wolfenbüttel working group for library, book and media history and its chairman from 1985 to 2003. Since 1984 he has been a member of the historical commission of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels , since 1986 of Dansk Bibliotekshistorisk Selskab. From 1985 to 2004 he was a member of the IFLA (Library History Section) and was among other things co-editor of the magazine Bibliothek from 1985 to 2021 . Research and practice .

Publications (selection)

  • Workers' Library and Public Library. On the history of their relationships from the first half of the 19th century to 1933. Berlin: dbv / AfB 1975. 64 p.
  • Eduard Reyer. 1849-1914. Berlin: dbv / AfB 1976. 78 p. (Biobibliographien; H. 5).
  • Preforms the public library. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 1978. 149 pp. (Contributions to the library system. Series B: Sources and texts; H. 6).
  • On the way to the public literature supply. Sources and texts on the history of the public libraries in the second half of the 19th century. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 1985. 219 pp. (Scientific articles from the German Book Archive in Munich; Vol. 14).
  • Wolfgang Thauer, Peter Vodosek: History of the public library in Germany. 2., ext. Ed., Harrasowitz, Wiesbaden 1990, ISBN 3-447-02974-9
  • Reinhart Siegert, Peter Vodosek: Popular education through reading material. edition lumière, Bremen 2012, ISBN 978-3-943245-03-5
  • Sven Kuttner, Peter Vodosek: People's Librarians in National Socialism, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2017, ISBN 978-3-447-10720-4
  • Hominem quaero. I am looking for the person. A search for traces in the estate of the popular artist Eduard Reyer (1849-1914) . In: Searching for traces. Journal for the history of adult education and science popularization, 23./24. Volume 2014/15, pp. 183-214


  • Library in the knowledge society: Festschrift for Peter Vodosek. Edited by Askan Blum. Saur, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-598-11567-9 . (Therein publication index Peter Vodosek pp. 453-466).

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