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1st Edition

Introduction to Information Science

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ISBN 9781783303212
Published March 31, 2019 by Facet Publishing
384 Pages


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Book Description

This landmark textbook takes a whole subject approach to Information Science as a discipline.

Introduced by leading international scholars and offering a global perspective on the discipline, this is designed to be the standard text for students worldwide. The authors’ expert narrative guides you through each of the essential building blocks of information science offering a concise introduction and expertly chosen further reading and resources.

Critical topics covered include:

  • Foundations: concepts, theories and historical perspectives
  • Organising and retrieving Information
  • Information behaviour, domain analysis and digital literacies
  • Technologies, digital libraries and information management
  • Information research methods and informetrics
  • Changing contexts: information society, publishing, e-science and digital humanities
  • The future of the discipline.

Readership: Students of information science, information and knowledge management, librarianship, archives and records management worldwide. Students of other information-related disciplines such as museum studies, publishing, and information systems and practitioners in all of these disciplines.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Information science and 21st century information pratices: creatively engaging with information - Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson Foreword 2. The emerging discipline of information - Andrew Dillon Foreword 3. The scope of information science - Jonathan Furner Foreword 4. A fascinating field and a pragmatic enterpirse - Birger Hjorland Foreword 5. A slippery and ubiquitous concept - Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan Foreword 6. The future of information science - Maja A umer 1. What is information science? Disciplines and professions 2. History of information: the story of documents 3. Philosophies and paradigms of information science 4. Basic concepts of information science 5. Domain analysis 6. Information organization 7. Information technologies: creation, dissemination and retrieval 8. Infometrics 9. Information behaviour 10. Communicating information: changing contexts 11. Information society 12. Information management and policy 13. Digital literacy 14. Information science research: what and how? 15. The future of the information sciences.

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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.