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Introduction to Information Science


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  • Information science and 21st century information practices: creatively engaging with information - Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
  • The emerging discipline of information - Andrew Dillon
  • The scope of information science - Jonathan Furner
  • A fascinating field and a pragmatic enterprise - Birger Hjorland
  • A slippery and ubiquitous concept - Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan
  • The future of information science - Maja Zumer
1. What is information science? Disciplines and professions
  • Introduction
  • The nature of information science
  • What kind of discipline is information science?
  • Constituents and core
  • Other information disciplines
  • The uniqueness of information science
  • History of information science
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
2. History of information: the story of documents
  • Introduction
  • Information ages?
  • Prehistory and the ancient world
  • The classical and medieval worlds
  • The age of print
  • The 19th century
  • The 20th century
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
3. Philosophies and paradigms of information science
  • Introduction
  • Philosophy and the information sciences
  • Philosophical positions
  • Paradigms and turns
  • Philosophers and information science
  • Karl Popper and objective epistemology
  • Jesse Shera and social epistemology
  • Luciano floridi and the philosophy of information
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • Philosophy resources
  • References
4. Basic concepts of information science
  • Introduction
  • Information and knowledge
  • Information: physical, biological, social
  • A mathematical theory of information, with a little semiotics
  • Information for information science
  • Knowledge for information science
  • Documents
  • Collections
  • Relevance and aboutness
  • Information use and users
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
5. Domain analysis
  • Introduction
  • Domain analysis as a theory for information science
  • What is a domain?
  • Aspects of domain analysis
  • Practical value of domain analysis
  • Examples of domain analysis
  • Domain analysis and the subject specialist
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
6. Information organization
  • Introduction
  • Controlled vocabulary and facet analysis
  • Terminologies
  • Metadata
  • Resource description and cataloguing
  • Ontologies
  • Systematic vocabularies: classification and taxonomy
  • Alphabetic vocabularies: subject headings and thesauri
  • Abstracting
  • Indexing and tagging
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
7. Information technologies: creation, dissemination and retrieval
  • Introduction
  • What are information technologies?
  • Digital technologies
  • Networks
  • Mobile and pervasive
  • Software
  • Interacting with computers
  • Information systems, analysis, architecture and design
  • Applications
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
8. Informetrics
  • Introduction
  • Historical development of informetrics
  • How much information is there?
  • The main informetric laws
  • Network theory
  • Applying informetrics
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
9. Information behaviour
  • Introduction
  • What is information behaviour?
  • Origins and development of information behaviour studies
  • Theories and models
  • Methods for studying information behaviour
  • Information behaviour of groups
  • Individual information behaviour styles
  • Summary: so what do we know?
  • Key readings
  • References
10. Communicating information: changing contexts
  • Introduction
  • Communication frameworks
  • Changing information landscapes
  • Digitizing the world of print
  • Changing economic models
  • Open access and repositories
  • New forms of communication
  • New forms of research and scholarship
  • Information places and spaces
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
11. Information society
  • Introduction
  • What is the information society?
  • Frameworks for information society
  • Information society infrastructures
  • Problems and divides within the information society
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
12. Information management and policy
  • Introduction
  • Information management basics
  • Contexts of information management
  • Information governance and information risk
  • Information policies and strategies
  • Information auditing and mapping
  • Valuing information
  • Information for creativity and innovation
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
13. Digital literacy
  • Introduction
  • Information and computer literacies
  • The information-literate person
  • The concept of digital literacy
  • A model for digital literacy
  • Importance of digital literacy
  • Promoting digital literacy
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
14. Information science research: what and how?
  • Introduction
  • Styles of information research
  • General aspects of research methods
  • Research and the practitioner
  • Research methods for information science
  • Research methods - surveys
  • Research methods - experimenting, evaluating and observing
  • Research methods - desk research
  • Sampling
  • Information research ethics
  • Finding and evaluating research
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
15. The future of the information sciences
  • Introduction
  • Predicting and prophesying
  • Drivers for change
  • What lies ahead for information professions and disciplines
  • Information research agendas
  • The future of information science
  • Summary
  • Key readings
  • References
Additional resources
  • Other textbooks
  • Journals
  • Abstracting and indexing services
  • Reference sources

About the Author

David Bawden is Professor of Information Science at City University London, editor of Journal of Documentation, and a council member of Aslib. He is author of over 150 books, chapters, papers and published presentations. Lyn Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Information Science, and Director of the Postgraduate Information Studies Scheme, at City University London. She is author of numerous papers and published presentations, and has written two books, including Facet's Understanding Healthcare Information.


'I believe this book is the best introduction to information science available at present.' Birger Hjorland, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark 'I have no doubts that, for many years to come, this wonderful book will serve as one of the very best places for people to start to make a difference.' Jonathan Furner, Department of Information Studies, UCLA, USA

Beginning with a preface and six forewords by library and information science professionals, this is not a typical textbook! London-based authors Bawden (information science, City Univ. London; editor, Journal of Documentation) and Robinson (program director, library & information science, City Univ. London; Understanding Healthcare Information) have ably achieved their objective of introducing "the logic and language" of information science. The text begins with an epistemological exploration of what is (are) information science(s), and that question is woven throughout. More than one answer is explored, with a focus on the importance of people in any transfer of data, information, or knowledge. "Domain analysis" also permeates the text, with detailed explanations of this "realist approach" to the philosophy of information science in chapter five. While there are illustrative examples of current technologies, the authors' philosophical focus means they are not bogged down in contemporary minutiae; thus the useful life of the book is extended. This work is so different from Charles H. Davis and Debora Shaw's more technology-oriented Introduction to Information Science and Technology (2011) that both could be used in an introductory course. VERDICT Library and ischool faculty and students will find Bawden and Robinson's text intellectually stimulating and very worthwhile.-Sara R. Tompson, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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