The definitive textbook for students of information science

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/28/2012


Jill Davis

Marketing Manager

ALA Editions

1-800-545-2433 ext. 5418

CHICAGO — Leading international scholars offer a global perspective on the discipline in “Introduction to Information Science,” published by Neal-Schuman Publishers and designed to be the standard text for students worldwide.

Authors David Bawden and Lyn Robinson guide students of information science, information and knowledge management, librarianship, archives and records management through each of the essential building blocks. Offering a concise introduction supplemented by expertly chosen further reading and resources, this book covers important topics such as:

  • Foundations of information science, 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.

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.

Robinson is program director for Library and Information Science at City University London and a well-known writer and presenter on the subject. She is also the author of “Understanding Healthcare Information.”

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976 by Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, Neal-Schuman Publishers, now an imprint of ALA Publishing, publishes professional books for librarians, archivists, and knowledge managers. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or Instructors interested in adopting this textbook can request an exam copy through the Neal-Schuman website or by emailing