What is Information Science?

Watch this and ask yourself what your definition of information science is

The author of the readings from yesterday discusses the topic

Author James Gleick discusses information and communication | The Guardian

But there's a bit more to think about.

Read these before class and be ready to discuss them in class

  1. Read over the Wikipedia article on the topic.
  2. Look at:
    Zins, C. (January 01, 2007). Knowledge Map of Information Science. Journal- American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58, 4, 526-535.
    PDF version
    Don't read it in detail, but do study Figure 2 on page 529.

You don't have to read these unless you wish to, but we might touch upon them in conversation

Bates.Encyclopedia of LIS

Saracevic, T.(2010). Information science. In M.J. Bates (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd edition) New York, NY: CRC Press.

look at pages 2570-2577 for today. We'll come back to it again.


We'll begin our approach to the topic by checking where we begin in our understanding. You all will answer a set of multiple choice questions to see what we already know, and some of you all will take it again during the Capstone class.