Critical Theory for Library and Information Science

Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines

Author: Gloria J. Leckie,Lisa M. Given,John Buschman

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 159158938X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

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This text provides an overview of major critical theorists from across disciplines—including the humanities, social sciences, and education—that discusses the importance of these critical perspectives for the advancement of LIS research and scholarship. * A basic bibliography of the theorist's work follows each topic presentation; some chapters also include works of critical commentary on the theorist's writings * Indexes of key terms and concepts are provided throughout the chapters

Libraries, Literatures, and Archives

Author: Sas Mays

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135013853

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

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Not only does the library have a long and complex history and politics, but it has an ambivalent presence in Western culture – both a site of positive knowledge and a site of error, confusion, and loss. Nevertheless, in literary studies and in the humanities, including book history, the figure of the library remains in many senses under-researched. This collection brings together established and up-and-coming researchers from a number of practices – literary and cultural studies, gender studies, book history, philosophy, visual culture, and contemporary art –with an effective historical sweep ranging from the time of Sumer to the present day. In the context of the rise of archive studies, this book attends specifically and meta-critically to the figure of the library as a particular archival form, considering the traits that constitute (or fail to constitute) the library as institution or idea, and questions its relations to other accumulative modes, such as the archive in its traditional sense, the museum, or the filmic or digital archive. Across their diversity, and in addition to their international standard of research and writing, each chapter is unified by commitment to analyzing the complex cultural politics of the library form.

Spanning the Theory-practice Divide in Library and Information Science

Author: William A. Crowley

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810851658

Category: Education

Page: 241

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Reveals how practitioners, consultants, and faculty can derive theories from actual experience and use such theories in solving real world problems. Bill Crowley explores why theory, in particular theory developed by university and college faculty, is too little used in the off-campus world. The volume examines the importance of solving the theory irrelevance problem, and drawing on a broad spectrum of research and theoretical insights, it provides suggestions for overcoming the not-so-hidden secret of the academic world - why theory with little or no perceived relevance to off-campus environments can be absolutely essential to advancing faculty careers. It also addresses the implications for theory development of fundamental aspects of the American culture and economy, including: the American ambivalence towards intellectuals, the rise in the "theory-unfriendly" environments of for-profit educational institutions, and public demands for enhanced accountability.

Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy

Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism

Author: John Buschman

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 081088528X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

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In Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy, Dr. Buschman details the connections between our educative institutions and democracy, and the resources within democratic theory reflecting on the tensions between marketing, advertising, consumption, and democracy.

The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship

Author: Karen P. Nicholson,Maura Seale

Publisher: Library Juice Press

ISBN: 9781634000307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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This book features original research, reflective essays and conversations, and dialogues that consider the relationships between theory, practice, and critical librarianship through the lenses of the histories of librarianship, intellectual and activist communities, professional practices, and underexplored epistemologies and ways of knowing.

Quantitative Methods for Library and Information Science

Author: Inna Kedage Ravichandra Rao

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780852267493

Category: Bibliometrics

Page: 271

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Genesis. Bibliometric distributions. Characteristics of bibliometric distributions. Other bibliometric studies. Other quantitative methods. Curriculum. Conclusion. Bibliographical references.

Progressive Community Action

Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science

Author: Bharat Mehra,Kevin Rioux

Publisher: Library Juice Press

ISBN: 9781936117659

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 382

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Social justice in library and information science (LIS) seeks to achieve action-oriented, socially relevant impacts through information work. This edited volume includes papers that explore intersections between critical theory and social justice in LIS while focusing on social relevance and community involvement to promote progressive community-wide changes. Contributors include LIS researchers, practitioners, educators, social justice advocates, and community leaders who identify theories, methods, approaches, strategies, and case studies that apply these intersections in mobilizing community action to deliver tangible community building and development outcomes. The frame of study is inclusive of (though not limited to) academic, public, school, and special libraries, museums, archives, and other information-related settings. An international context of analysis is included along with a focus on social impact and community involvement in LIS practice and research, education, policy development, service design, and program implementation.

Library And Information Science And The Philosophy Of Science

Author: Birger Hjørland

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1845440900

Category: Electronic books

Page: 164

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This e-book is concerned with metatheories in Library and Information Science (LIS) and especially with the philosophy of science of LIS. Metatheories are theories about the description, investigation, analysis or criticism of the theories in a domain.

Der Eckenknick

oder Wie die Bibliotheken sich an den Büchern versündigen

Author: Nicholson Baker

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644019517

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

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Es begann damit, dass Nicholson Baker, erfolgreicher Autor von Romanen wie «Vox» und «Die Fermate», in der Zeitschrift «The New Yorker» einen Artikel darüber veröffentlichte, dass die Computerisierung der Kataloge einem Bibliotheksbesuch viel von seinem Charme und seiner Effizienz genommen habe. Dann erfuhr er, dass der Neubau der San Francisco Public Library zu klein geraten war für den vorhandenen Bestand und dass die Verwaltung daraufhin ein paar hunderttausend Bände auf eine Müllkippe bringen ließ – das Raumproblem war gelöst. Schließlich entdeckte er, dass die großen renommierten amerikanischen und englischen Bibliotheken ihre wertvollen Sammlungen von Tageszeitungen nach der Mikroverfilmung auflösen. Da fing er an, ernsthaft zu recherchieren. Und fand heraus, dass es eine Lobby vom Fortschrittswahn irregeleiteter und von Raumnot bedrängter Bibliothekare gibt, - die in die Welt gesetzt hat, auf säurehaltigem Papier Gedrucktes werde «zu Staub verfallen», - die Mikroverfilmungen herstellt, die fehlerhaft, benutzerunfreundlich und hässlich sind, - die nun als «scan gang» Bücher digitalisiert, obwohl weder Hardware noch Programme eine problemlose Archivierung zulassen, - die alle Warnungen der auf Bewahrung des Vorhandenen bedachten Kollegen in den Wind schlägt ... «‹Der Eckenknick› informiert, argumentiert und verliert dabei nie die Kraft eines ironischen Manifests, das in Amerika zu erregten Diskussionen Anlass gegeben hat ... Es liest sich wie ein gut recherchierter Krimi und ein brillanter Essay zugleich ... Bibliothekare sind auch als Mörder leise. Um festzustellen, ob gestorben werden muss, genügt es ihnen oft, eine Ecke einer Buch- oder Zeitungsseite einmal vorn, einmal zurück zu falten. Wenn die Seite bricht, dann ist die Zeitung, das Buch in Lebensgefahr.» Süddeutsche Zeitung

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science

Volume 61 - Supplement 24

Author: Allen Kent,Harold Lancour

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824720612

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 500

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The Biological Literature to An Uncertainty Principle for Information Seeking: A Qualitative Approach

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition

Author: Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466658894

Category: Computers

Page: 10384

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"This 10-volume compilation of authoritative, research-based articles contributed by thousands of researchers and experts from all over the world emphasized modern issues and the presentation of potential opportunities, prospective solutions, and future directions in the field of information science and technology"--Provided by publisher.

Die Information

Geschichte, Theorie, Flut

Author: James Gleick

Publisher: Redline Wirtschaft

ISBN: 3864142245

Category: Science

Page: 500

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Blut, Treibstoff, Lebensprinzip - in seinem furiosen Buch erzählt Bestsellerautor James Gleick, wie die Information zum Kernstück unserer heutigen Zivilisation wurde. Beginnend bei den Wörtern, den "sprechenden" Trommeln in Afrika, über das Morsealphabet und bis hin zur Internetrevolution beleuchtet er, wie die Übermittlung von Informationen die Gesellschaften prägten und veränderten. Gleick erläutert die Theorien, die sich mit dem Codieren und Decodieren, der Übermittlung von Inhalten und dem Verbreiten der Myriaden von Botschaften beschäftigen. Er stellt die bekannten und unbekannten Pioniere der Informationsgesellschaft vor: Claude Shannon, Norbert Wiener, Ada Byron, Alan Turing und andere. Er bietet dem Leser neue Einblicke in die Mechanismen des Informationsaustausches. So lernt dieser etwa die sich selbst replizierende Meme kennen, die "DNA" der Informationen. Sein Buch ermöglicht ein neues Verständnis von Musik, Quantenmechanik - und eine gänzlich neue Sicht auf die faszinierende Welt der Informationen.

Social theory and philosophy for information systems

Author: John Mingers,Leslie Willcocks

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780470851173

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 455

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In recent years information systems has evolved from a discipline based primarily on positivist, statistically-oriented research into a more pluralist discipline that allows debates about research methodologies; consideration of a range of social theories and philosophies; and more critical analyses and understandings of alternative approaches. This book has the intention of broadening research within the IS field. It collects together into one volume new critical assessments of major social theorists, philosophers and currents of thought. Detailed coverage is given to: functionalism and neo-functionalism, phenomenology (Husserl and Heidegger), critical theory (Adorno and Habermas), hermeneutics, Foucault, Giddens, actor network theory, social shaping of technology, critical realism and complexity theory. The book provides a vital, accessible and critically authoritative narrative on the relevance of these modes of thinking to information systems research. Contributors include: Debra Howcroft, Minh Q. Huynh, Fernando M. Ilharco, Lucas D. Introna, Matthew Jones, Heinz K. Klein, Allen S. Lee, M. Lynne Markus, Yasmin Merali, John Mingers, Nathalie Mitev, Kamal Munir, Michael D. Myers, Wanda Orlikowski, Stephen K. Probert, Leslie P. Willcocks, Melanie Wilson.

Critical Theory and Public Life

Author: John Forester

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262560429

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

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J�rgen Habermas's critical communications theory of society has excited widespread interest in recent years. The essays in this book explore the research implications of Habermas's theory for the analysis of modern problems of public life. Spanning the spectrum of the social sciences, the essays relate critical theory to industrial policy under advanced capitalism, education, the mass media and consumerism, public participation in planning, policy analysis, and critical historical studies.John Forester is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Critical Theory and Public Life is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

Critical Literacy for Information Professionals

Author: Sarah McNicol

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 1783300825

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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This edited collection explores critical literacy theory and provides practical guidance to how it can be taught and applied in libraries. Critical literacy asks fundamental questions about our understanding of knowledge. Unlike more conventional approaches to literacy and resource evaluation, with critical literacy there is no single ‘correct’ way to read and respond to a text or resource. A commitment to equity and social justice sets critical literacy apart from many other types of literacy and links it to wider societal debates, such as internationalization, community cohesion and responses to disability. The book provides a foundation of critical literacy theory, as applied to libraries; combines theory and practice to explore critical literacy in relation to different user groups, and offers practical ways to introduce critical literacy approaches in libraries. Contributed to by international experts from across library sectors, the book covers topics including: radical information literacy as an approach to critical literacy education critical literacy and mature students physical and digital disability access in libraries teaching critical literacy skills in a multicultural, multilingual school community teaching media literacy developing critical literacy skills in an online environment new media and critical literacy. Critical Literacy for Information Professionals also contains a series of practically-focussed case studies that describe tools or approaches that librarians have used to engage users in critical literacy. Drawing on examples from across library sectors including schools, public libraries, universities, workplaces and healthcare, these illustrate how critical literacy can be applied across a variety of library settings, including online and new media environments. Accessible to those with little knowledge of critical literacy, while also introducing debates and ideas to those with more experience of the field, this book will be essential reading for librarians, information professionals and managers in all sectors, students of library and information science, school and higher education teachers and researchers.

Social Justice and Library Work

A Guide to Theory and Practice

Author: Stephen Bales

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 0081017588

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Although they may not have always been explicitly stated, library work has always had normative goals. Until recently, such goals have largely been abstract; they are things like knowledge creation, education, forwarding science, preserving history, supporting democracy, and safeguarding civilization. The modern spirit of social and cultural critique, however, has focused our attention on the concrete, material relationships that determine human potentiality and opportunity, and library workers are increasingly seeing the institution of the library, as well as library work, as embedded in a web of relations that extends beyond the library’s traditional sphere of influence. In light of this critical consciousness, more and more library and information science professionals are coming to see themselves as change agents and front-line advocates of social justice issues. This book will serve as a guide for those library workers and related information professionals that disregard traditional ideas of "library neutrality" and static, idealized conceptions of Western culture. The book will work as an entry point for those just forming a consciousness oriented towards social justice work and will be also be of value to more experienced "transformative library workers" as an up-to-date supplement to their praxis. Justifies the use of a variety of theoretical and practical resources for effecting positive change Explores the role of the librarian as change agents