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From Gutenberg to the
Global Information Infrastructure
by Christine L. Borgman
March 2000, 340 pp., harbound
ISBN:  0-262-02473-X













Will the emerging global information infrastructure (GII) create a revolution in communication equivalent to that wrought by Gutenberg, or will the result be simply the evolutionary adaptation of existing behavior and institutions to new media? Will the GII improve access to information for all? Will it replace libraries and publishers? How can computers and information systems be made easier to use? What are the trade-offs between tailoring information systems to user communities and standardizing them to interconnect with systems designed for other communities, cultures, and languages?

This book takes a close look at these and other questions of technology, behavior, and policy surrounding the GII. Topics covered include the design and use of digital libraries; behavioral and institutional aspects of electronic publishing; the evolving role of libraries; the life cycle of creating, using, and seeking information; and the adoption and adaptation of information technologies. The book takes a human-centered perspective, focusing on how well the GII fits into the daily lives of the people it is supposed to benefit.

Taking a unique holistic approach to information access, the book draws on research and practice in computer science, communications, library and information science, information policy, business, economics, law, political science, sociology, history, education, and archival and museum studies. It explores both domestic and international issues. The author's own empirical research is complemented by extensive literature reviews and analyses.

Introductory Concepts in Information Science
by Melanie J. Norton
May 2000/hardbound












Melanie J. Norton presents a unique and carefully researched introduction to the practical and theoretical concepts of information science and examines the impact of the Information Age on society and its institutions. Drawing on recent research into the field, as well as from scholarly and trade publications, the monograph provides a brief history of information science and coverage of key topics, including communications and cognition, information retrieval, bibliometrics, modeling, economics, information policies, and the impact of information technology on modern management. An essential volume for graduate students, practitioners, and any professional who needs a solid grounding in the field of information science.

Design WiseDesign Wise:  A Guide for Evaluating the
Interface Design of Information Resources
by Alison J. Head
Paperback - 196 pages  (1999)
ISBN: 0-910965-31-5












Knowing how to size up user-centered interface design is becoming as important for people who choose and use information resources as for those who design them. This book introduces readers to the basics of interface design and explains why a design evaluation should be integrally tied to what we trade cash for, and fire up for everyone else to use—in settings of all kinds and sizes.

Information ArchitectureInformation Architecture
for the World Wide Web
by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
Paperback - 226 pages  (March 1998)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1565922824












"Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" is about applying the principles of architecture and library science to Web site design. With this book, readers learn how to design Web sites and Intranets that support growth, management, and ease of use. This book is for Webmasters,  designers, and anyone else involved in building a Web site.

Unlike many Web design books, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web does not  focus on graphic or technical design issues. Instead, it provides effective approaches for designers,  information architects, and web site managers who are faced with sites that are becoming difficult to use and maintain. With this book, you learn how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management, navigation, and ease of use. The book introduces you to the emerging field of information architecture, and will help you to: organize your site's hierarchy in ways that are  meaningful to your site's users and that minimize the need to reengineer the site; create navigation systems so that users can move through the site without getting lost and frustrated; label your site's content in the language of its users; configure searching systems so that users' queries actually retrieve meaningful results; and manage the process of developing an information architecture, from research and conceptual design to planning and production. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is for webmasters, designers, and anyone else involved in building or maintaining a web site.

The Social Life of Information The Social Life of Information
by John Seeley Brown, Paul Duguid
February 2000/hardcover
ISBN: 0875847625












Drawing from recent research and practical examples across a range of organizations, The Social Life of Information dispels many of the futurists' sweeping predictions that information technology will obliterate the need for everything from travel to supermarkets to business organizations to social life itself. The authors examine the potential and limitations of technology with regard to intelligent software agents, the automated home office, business reorganization for innovation, knowledge management and work practices, the paperless society, and the digital university. Arguing eloquently for the important role human sociability plays in the world of bits, Brown and Duguid give us an optimistic look beyond the simplicities of information and individuals. They show how a better understanding of the contribution that communities, organizations, and institutions make to learning, knowledge, and judgment can lead to the richest possible use of technology in our work and everyday lives.

John Seely Brown is Chief Scientist at Xerox Corporation and Director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  Paul Duguid is a research specialist in Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of California at Berkeley.

Applied XML: A Toolkit for Programmers
by Alex Ceponkus, Faraz Hoodbhoy
Paperback/CD-ROM  (July 1999)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-34402-8












Fully exploit the tremendous power of XML

Destined to become the information format of the future, XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is already being universally implemented by major players like Microsoft, IBM, and Netscape. Written by Microsoft insiders with hands-on XML experience, this book is a detailed resource kit for Web developers, IT professionals, software developers, programmers, and integrated solutions developers. This guide is packed with examples that can be used to leverage the full power of XML via real-world examples for creating applications such as e-commerce, data exchange, document formats, and customized markup languages.

CD-ROM includes source code from the book and comprehensive demonstration applications, Active Server scripting examples for server-side interaction, and updates on XML from the W3C.

Knowledge Management for the Information Professional
Edited by T. Kanti Srikantaiah and Michael Koenig
598pp hardbound (2000)
Information Today;  ISBN 1-57387-079-X












 Written from the perspective of the information community, this book examines the business community's recent enthusiasm for Knowledge Management." With contributions from 26 leading KM practitioners, academics, and information professionals, editors Srikantaiah and Koenig bridge the gap between two distinct perspectives,  equipping information professionals with the tools to make a broader and more effective contribution in developing  KM systems and creating a knowledge management culture within their organizations.   

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