Library and Information Science (LIS)
How has principles, methods and theories of knowledge organization been applied to the field of LIS itself? This entry will try to enumerate approaches to KO within LIS.
Daniel & Mills (1972) applied the principles of facet analysis. Milstead (1998) applied methods of thesaurus construction. White & McCain (1998) used a bibliometric approach. Järvelin & Vakkari (1990) used content analysis.
To my knowledge there are no studies of KO in LIS based on cognitive views or on user studies.
publishing (incl. book history)
education in LIS
methodology (as the study of research methods)
analysis of LIS (both literature based on empirical and theoretical)
research on library and information service activities
study on circulation or interlibrary loan activities
study on information or reference services
study on user education
study on library buildings or facilities
study on administration or planning
automation study (except when concerned with some particular activity 41-46)
study on other library and information service activities
research in information storage and retrieval
study on classification and indexing (process or languages)
study on information retrieval
study on bibliographic databases or bibliographies
study on other types of databases (datual, textual, numeric, ..)
research on information seeking
information dissemination study
study on the use or users of channels or sources of information (focus on channels or sources)
study on the use of library and information services (no other channels considered)
study on information seeking behavior (focus on persons)
information use study (whether (and how) information has been used)
study on information management, IRM
research on scientific and technical communication
study on scientific and professional publishing
study on citation patterns and structures
study on other aspects of LIS
other study (other discipline)
Figure 1. Classification Scheme. Library and Information Science Topics. After Järvelin & Vakkari (1990, s. 418-419)
Åström (2006, p. 33) found that ". . .descriptors from LISA [Library and Information Science Abstracts] were hard to use due to inconsistencies and errors in indexing". Åström used instead the ERIC database without any analysis of the quality of indexing in this database.
Daniel, R. & Mills, J. (1972). A
classification and thesaurus of library and information science. London:
Polytechnic of North London, School of Librarianship.
Järvelin, K. & Vakkari, P. (1990). Content analysis of research articles in library and information science. Library and Information Science Research, 12(4), 395-421.
Milstead, J. L. (Ed.). (1998). ASIS Thesaurus of Information Science and Librarianship Second edition. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.
White, H. D., & McCain, K. W. (1998). Visualizing a discipline: An author co-citation analysis of information science, 1972-1995. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 49(4), 327-355.
Åström, F. (2006). The social and intellectual development of library and information science. Doctoral theses at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University. http://www.diva-portal.org/diva/getDocument?urn_nbn_se_umu_diva-943-3__fulltext.pdf
See also: Library and Information Science (Core Concepts in LIS); Library and Information Science (Epistemological lifeboat)
Last edited: 15-06-2007