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Outside Theory on the Inside of LIS (SIGs HFIS, CR, ED)

Julian Warner School of Management and Economics, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT7 1NN. Email: j.warner@qub.ac.uk Jack Anderson Department of Information Studies, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen S, Denmark. Email: jan@db.dk Shawne D. Miksa [panel organizer] School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA. Email: smiksa@unt.edu David Blair Email: dcblair@mac.com Laurie J. Bonnici College of Information Technology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA. Email: lbonnici@GEORGIASOUTHERN.EDU Francis Miksa School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, TX, 78712-0390 USA. Email: miksa@ischool.utexas.edu

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Abstract

This session will examine several non-LIS theories on our field with an eye towards discovering their overall influence on information retrieval, knowledge organization, and the subject analysis and representation of information entities. Information retrieval is discussed as a convergence of mental and physical labor, Habermas’ theory of knowledge organization is explored via its relation to forms of social organization mediated by people and documents is explored, and the representation of “about-ness” as seen in the sometimes opposing views of Michel Foucault and S.R. Ranganathan.


  
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