Fundamentals of Information Studies : Understanding Information and Its Environment

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-30
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
  • We Buy This Book Back!
    In-Store Credit: $1.05
    Check/Direct Deposit: $1.00
List Price: $86.40 Save up to $65.16
  • Rent Book $21.24
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Used and Rental copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


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
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review