Dilemmas in the Study of Information: Exploring the Boundaries of Information Science

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - 184 من الصفحات


This thought-provoking book identifies the limits of the field of information science, and thus raises very real problems of the discipline in the context of people using, misusing, and abusing information. S. D. Neill provides many examples of the uses of information to illustrate how difficult it is to work with. In particular, he highlights problems of information scientists using information to study information. It is the author's contention that information use problems are, in certain instances, insoluble dilemmas, for they are grounded in human nature and can be solved only by altering that nature.

Neill analyzes certain events to show that while sufficient information was available, it wasn't used--either because of greed, personality, or judgement. Information is power if, and only if, you have enough knowledge to understand it, the will to use it, and the ability to communicate it. The dilemmas are found in the control of information for retrieval, the use of data originally collected for other purposes, and research methods in library and information science.

 

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1 The Dilemma of the Subjective in Information Organization and Retrieval
1
The Role of the Body in Thinking
23
Character Values and Personality
39
Argumentation with Selected Evidence
55
An Incremental Death
77
Managing in the Information Society
99
The Enigma of Complexity
123
Is Information Science a Science Social Science or Humanity?
139
The Dilemma of Debate
159
Bibliographical Essay
167
Name Index
169
Subject Index
175
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نبذة عن المؤلف (1992)

S. D. NEILL is one of the founding faculty members of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has published widely on many aspects of librarianship and information science. His main teaching areas are reference work, storytelling for children, and the philosophy of the profession.

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