Information Science in Transition

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This breakthrough collection, featuring landmark contributions from international experts including accomplished professor Blaise Cronin, offers a forward-looking focus on exciting future trends and developments in information science. There are fifteen chapters that cover a variety of the field’s hottest topics, like sociological influences, health and chemical documentation, information policies and informatics - the convergence of information science and information technology.

You’ll find fresh insight into the rapidly emerging digital domain, with chapters on electronic publishing, social software and webometrics. Already added to required reading lists in universities across the globe, this progressive compilation will peak your curiosity and present all of the significant changes, advances, and trends you need to know about as an information science professional.

Preface - Alan Gilchrist 
Editorial - Alan Gilchrist 
Guest Editorial: Meeting the challenge - Brian Vickery 
1. Fifty years of UK research in information science - Jack Meadows 
2. Smoother pebbles and the shoulders of giants: the developing foundations of information science - David Bawden 
3. The last 50 years of knowledge organization: a journey through my personal archives - Stella G. Dextre Clarke 
4. On the history of evaluation in IR -Stephen Robertson 
5. The information user: past, present and future - Tom Wilson 
6. The sociological turn in information science - Blaise Cronin 
7. From chemical documentation to chemoinformatics: 50 years of chemical information science - Peter Willett 
8. Health informatics: current issues and challenges - Peter A. Bath 
9. Social informatics and sociotechnical research – a view from the UK - Elisabeth Davenport 
10. The evolution of visual information retrieval - Peter Enser 
11. Information policies: yesterday, today, tomorrow - Elizabeth Orna 
12. The disparity in professional qualifications and progress in information handling: a European perspective - Barry Mahon
13. Electronic scholarly publishing and Open Access - Charles Oppenheim 
14. Social software: fun and games, or business tools? - Wendy A. Warr 
15. Bibliometrics to webometrics - Mike Thelwall 
16. How I learned to love the Brits - Eugene Garfield

Alan Gilchrist

Alan Gilchrist DLitt CMC FIMC HonFCLIP undertakes consultancy projects in the private and public sectors and for international organizations, and operates his own consultancy company, Cura Consortium. He was the Founding Editor, and is now Editor Emeritus, of Journal of Information Science.

"This impressive volume with the title 'Information science in transition' lives up to its title and appearance....this volume adds value to already valuable material reflecting the development of information science. It will serve as a useful asset in the collection of any information science scholar and student."
— Information Research

"A reliable guide for the explorers. Though not for the faint-hearted, this book holds treasures for the intrepid….the book remains a valuable reference material, a document with specialised data from significant authors and an asset to any information library."
— Information World Review

"This makes for a fascinating resource…this volume presents an excellent tribute to a much-missed professional body."
— Update

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