An updated introduction to information science

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/01/2022


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The new second edition of “Introduction to Information Science,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up-to-date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Written by David Bawden and Lyn Robinson, with a Foreword by Luciano Floridi, its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundations of the subject and in particular in Floridi's ideas of the fourth revolution, hyperhistory, and onlife. The theory-practice relationship is strongly emphasized throughout, and the extensive literature coverage makes this a valuable text for students of library and information disciplines, including information science, librarianship, information and knowledge management, archives and records management, and digital humanities. Extensively revised, with largely new text, illustrations, and resources, this book explores such key topics as:

  • foundational philosophies, theories, concepts, ethics, and historical perspectives;
  • organizing, retrieving, and analyzing information and data;
  • information behavior, domain analysis, and digital literacies;
  • digital technologies, information systems, and information management;
  • information research methods and informetrics;
  • changing modes of information communication, and information society; and
  • the nature and future of the information disciplines and professions.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Bawden is Professor of Information Science at City University London, editor of Journal of Documentation, 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 in the subject. She is also the author of “Understanding Healthcare Information.”

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