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Introduction to Information Science
David Bawden and Lyn Robinson
Item Number: 978-1-55570-861-0
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $80.00
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384 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-861-0
Year Published: 2012

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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. Among the critical topics covered:
  • Foundations, including the information society, historical perspectives and concepts    
  • Organizing and retrieving information    
  • Information behavior and digital literacies    
  • Technologies and digital libraries    
  • Information research and methods    
  • Changing contexts including publishing, e-science and digital humanities    
  • The future of the profession
This is the definitive textbook for students of information science, information and knowledge management, librarianship, archives, and records management worldwide. It’s also an invaluable guide for students of other information-related disciplines such as museum studies, publishing, and information systems. It’s a useful sourcebook for practitioners in all of these disciplines.

About the Authors

David Bawden is Professor of Information Science at City University London, editor of Journal of Documentation, a council member of Aslib, and has published extensively in information science.

Lyn Robinson is Program Director for Library and Information Science at City University London, and a well-known writer and presenter in the subject. She is also the author of Understanding Healthcare Information.

Praise for Introduction to Information Science

"I believe this book is the best introduction to information science available at present. It tackles both the philosophical basis and the most important branches, and it is based on solid knowledge about the contemporary literature of the field. If students have the knowledge provided by this introduction, this would be a fine basis on which to go further with specific problems." 
--Birger Hjørland, 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


"The book is well written and easy to read. A very useful index concludes the volume. Scholars and academics who are serious about information science as a discipline should not be without this book."
--Online Information Review

"An excellent resource for those wishing to look at the challenges and issues in library science from a technical viewpoint. It is a wide-ranging look at multiple topics in information science, packed with references to important texts in these areas. Both technically complex and more abstract, theoretical discussions are delivered with concision and clarity."

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