June Lester is a Professor in the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, where she has been on faculty since 1993, serving from 1993 to 2000 as Director of the School. Prior to joining the OU faculty Lester was Associate Dean, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, 1991-1993, and Director, Office for Accreditation, American Library Association, 1987-1991. Before that she was Associate Professor, Division of Library and Information Management, Emory University. She holds the B.A. and the M.Ln. from Emory University and the C.A.L. and D.L.S. from Columbia University. She teaches graduate courses in the foundations of information studies and user information behavior and the introduction to the information environment for the Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies degree. Special areas of interest include education for library and information studies, distance education, and information policy.
- About the Authors
Lester and Koehler have vastly revised and expanded this brand new edition of the first textbook geared towards undergraduate information studies to approach the field from a multidisciplinary perspective. The book's fourteen chapters begin with "The Impact of Information in Society" and "Fundamental Concepts of Information"; look at "The Information Professions" and "The Impact of Information Cultures and Societies"; and conclude with "Information Ethics" and "Information Futures." Appropriate emphasis is placed throughout on the history and development of information technology.
Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and revised. Expansions include two whole new chapters, one on user behavior and the second on information, power, and society; five other chapters have been substantially expanded. In addition, the authors have added two new features: "A Learning Guide" precedes each chapter and an "Information Idea" draws attention to the application of the chapter's concepts in the real world.
"An updated, near-canonical array of core concepts in an accessible fashion, aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students."