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Fundamentals of Information Studies : Understanding Information and Its Environment,9781555705947
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Lester and Koehler have vastly revised and expanded this brand new edition of the first textbook geared towards undergraduate information studies to approach the field from a multidisciplinary perspective. The book's fourteen chapters begin with "The Impact of Information in Society" and "Fundamental Concepts of Information"; look at "The Information Professions" and "The Impact of Information Cultures and Societies"; and conclude with "Information Ethics" and "Information Futures." Appropriate emphasis is placed throughout on the history and development of information technology. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and revised. Expansions include two whole new chapters, one on user behavior and the second on information, power, and society; five other chapters have been substantially expanded. In addition, the authors have added two new features: "A Learning Guide" precedes each chapter and an "Information Idea" draws attention to the application of the chapter's concepts in the real world.

Table of Contents

The impact of information in societyp. 1
Fundamental concepts of informationp. 15
Information needs and information seeking behaviorp. 39
History of information technologyp. 59
Current information technologyp. 85
Societal institutions for creation, distribution, and management of informationp. 111
The information professionsp. 149
The impact of information on cultures and societiesp. 187
Economics of informationp. 219
Information, power, and societyp. 241
The regulation and politics of informationp. 267
The areas and issues of information policyp. 301
Information ethicsp. 333
Information future(s)p. 379
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