Introduction to Information Science


The second edition of this definitive text 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. 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 emphasised throughout, and the extensive literature coverage makes this a valuable sourcebook. This second edition is extensively revised, with largely new text, illustrations, and resources, and offers a global perspective.

The main topics covered include:

  • foundations: philosophies, theories, concepts, ethics, and historical perspectives
  • organising, retrieving, and analysing information and data
  • information behaviour, 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
  • the nature and future of the information disciplines and professions.

This book will be a standard text for students of library and information disciplines, including information science, librarianship, information and knowledge management, archives and records management, and digital humanities. It will also serve as an introduction for those beginning research in these areas, and as a resource for thoughtful and reflective practitioners.

Leadership for Digital Transformation


Digital transformation (Dx) in higher education is the process of using digital technologies to refine and enhance students’ experiences by improving their interactions with instructional services, support teams, and other critical areas of campus operations. Dx is not limited to digitizing business processes and making additions to the technology portfolio; it calls for implementing new ways of learning and leading, fostering a culture shift, and aligning strategy, talent, and resources across the organization. Dx is a change process that demands a unique vision, perspective, and set of leadership skills to be successful. That is why some change practitioners see Dx as more of a leadership challenge than a technical one.Footnote1

The following steps may provide a roadmap to a successful digital transformation.[…]

Law Review Commons (The Largest Collection of Free and Open Law Review Scholarship)


About the Law Review Commons

The Law Review Commons brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years.

All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.

The effort to make all legal scholarship freely and openly accessible has rapidly gained momentum since 2008, when law library directors from 12 top law schools authored the Durham Statement, calling on all law reviews and legal journals to begin publishing in “stable, open, digital formats.” Publishing open access increases the visibility of legal scholarship, makes scholars’ work more discoverable, and may also lead to more citations. A recent analysis found that citation growth rates of open access journals were 3.8 times higher than for comparable non open access journals in 2012.

Contact Bepress if your law review is interested in publishing open access and being included in the Law Review Commons.

Browse additional open-access legal scholarship from law school repositories in the Digital Commons Network.

https://lawreviewcommons.com/

The Library World Tour Project by #MarioCoffa


The Library World Tour project was recently launched to create an international network among librarians or information professionals from around the world to share ideas, experiences, skills and knowledge that will benefit their profession, organization and country. Over the years I have had the opportunity to collect several interviews with librarians and librarians from different parts of the world who have, with their voices, made a valuable and strong contribution to the work of many libraries around the world. The experience of each of them tells of a fundamentally united world, of trained and courageous librarians who every day rediscover the beauty of the most beautiful work in the world. There are not only books but also tools. There are not only people but entire communities. Perhaps I will never be able to travel the world and physically visit each of these libraries and meet their workers, that’s the reason for this virtual journey.

With the patronage of the Italian Libraries Association, Umbria section and the cultural magazine Insula Europea.

And thanks to each of you!

https://mariocoffa.wixsite.com/e-portfolio/library-world-tour

https://mariocoffa.wixsite.com/e-portfolio/agoraspace

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