For immediate release | September 18, 2012

Landmark new textbook for studying the information society

CHICAGO — Covering every aspect of the new digital information environment from iPads and e-books to the future of information and how it will be controlled, “Information 2.0: New Models of Information Production, Distribution and Consumption,” published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, is a landmark textbook for students studying the information society. Author Martin De Saulles provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge guide to what’s happening, ideal for introducing students and other readers to why and how information professionals can have a pivotal role in this new landscape. Drawing on international case studies and current trends, it explores the fundamental changes in the four core areas of information production, storage, distribution and consumption, encouraging readers to understand and grapple with issues and topics including:

  • Key information trends in the last 15 years, such as mass broadband and mobile technology;
  • The rise of grassroots information production in social media, open access publishing and the storage of information in the cloud;
  • How informal, digital methods of information distribution like RSS and webcasting are threatening traditional stakeholders like libraries, publishers and newspapers;
  • The reconfiguration of the relationships among software, hardware and content creation companies;
  • Why we need a new information literacy, and the pivotal role of the information professional.

Dr. De Saulles is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. He has worked in the information and technology sectors for 20 years as a researcher, analyst, entrepreneur, writer and academic. He maintains a blog on technology issues.

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