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Library science and information science are two closely related and often intersecting disciplines that deal primarily with the organization and retrieval of information.
Library science is an interdisciplinary social science incorporating the humanities, law and applied science and studying topics related to libraries; the collection, organization and dissemination of information resources; and the political economy of information. Library science has also historically included archival science, although a conceptual distinction between libraries and archives has evolved over time.
Amongst the varied topics of study that fall within library science: how information resources are organized to serve the needs of select user groups; how people interact with classification systems and technology; how information is acquired, evaluated and applied by people in and outside of libraries as well as cross-culturally; how people are trained and educated for careers in libraries; the ethics that guide library service and organization; the legal status of libraries and information resources, and the applied science of computer technology used in documentation and records management. Library science is constantly evolving, incorporating new topics like database management, information architecture and knowledge management.
Information science (also referred to as information studies) is an interdisciplinary science primarily concerned with the collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information. Information science studies the application and usage of knowledge in organizations, and the interaction between people, organizations and information systems. It is often, though not exclusively, studied as a branch of computer science or informatics and is closely related to the cognitive and social sciences.
An information society is a society in which the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity. The knowledge economy is its economic counterpart whereby wealth is created through the economic exploitation of understanding.
Specific to this kind of society is the central position information technology has for production, economy, and society at large. Information society is seen as the successor to industrial society. Closely related concepts are the post-industrial society (Daniel Bell), post-fordism, post-modern society, knowledge society, Telematic Society, Information Revolution, and network society (Manuel Castells).
||Classification, broadly defined, is the act of organizing the universe of knowledge into some systematic order. It has been considered the most fundamental activity of the human mind.
||— Lois Mai Chan, Cataloguing and Classification: An Introduction
Sir Thomas Bodley
(March 2, 1545 – January 28, 1613), was an English diplomat
and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library
. He determined, he said, "to take his farewell of state employments and to set up his staff at the library door in Oxford." In 1598 his offer to restore the old library was accepted by the university. Bodley not only used his private fortune in this undertaking, but induced many of his friends to make valuable gifts of books. In 1611 he began its permanent endowment, and at his death, the greater part of his fortune was left to it.
- March,2012, Muhammad Shahid Soroya elected as President Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (PULISAA) in Pakistan
- September 21, 2011 - Library vendor OverDrive, Inc. adds Amazon Kindle compatible E-books to public and school libraries, allowing library lending over Amazon's Whispernet technology.(OverDrive)
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and the 157 comments posted to that article so far prompted us to consider accountability for the American Library Association's (ALA) accreditation of graduate programs in library and information science. We first turned to ALA's Standards for ...
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In 1992, he received its Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to library and information science. Beta Phi Mu also started a scholarship in his name that is awarded to an outstanding master's student. Born in Akron, Ohio, he earned a bachelor's ...
Inside Higher Ed
Fri, 24 May 2013 14:29:26 -0700
Graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as library and information science or archival studies or in an appropriate subject discipline and special collections or archival training. Ability to lead and articulate a vision for special collections ...
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This will require the adoption of new perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and the willingness to proactively sell the organizational, research, and evaluative expertise that belongs to practitioners of library and information science. In order for ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:08 -0700
... J. Tobin College of Business, a small number of non-degree programs in the School of Education, language programs offered by the Global Studies division, and Library and Information Science programs in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Tuition hikes such as this have occurred recently in the masters of public health program and the masters of library and information science program. Michelle Dillon, a graduate student studying library science, said she was given one month's notice of ...
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Department of Library and Information Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata invites application for admission to 5 year integrated Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) course commencing in the session 2013-18. Selection Procedure ...
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In addition to the Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts, the center offers a graduate certificate in Book Studies, and a joint Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and graduate certificate in Book Studies. “Kim Merker, and all of us who ...
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