Hunting And Gathering On The Information Savanna

Hunting And Gathering On The Information Savanna

by Brian C. O'Connor, Jud H. Copeland, Jodi L. Kearns
     
 

Serves as the focal concept in a search for a truly functional document access system, enabling us to stand back from the present, to look into the shadows of our current designs, marvel at the breadth of human search capabilities, recognize frailties in both humans and systems, and ask new questions as we grapple with navigating our information environment.

Overview

Serves as the focal concept in a search for a truly functional document access system, enabling us to stand back from the present, to look into the shadows of our current designs, marvel at the breadth of human search capabilities, recognize frailties in both humans and systems, and ask new questions as we grapple with navigating our information environment. O'Connor and Copeland offer three different arenas of nontrivial information seeking for our consideration: "Submarine Chasing" explores the thoughts of a highly decorated Cold War submarine hunter. "Bounty Hunting" involves a long and convoluted search for a reported bond skipper. "Engineering Design" presents a content analysis of the few works on epistemological foundations of engineering design activity. These stories, told at great length and in considerable detail, are framed within a foundational model that links the simple act of document seeking to the broader issue of making one's way through life in the physical world. In each case, the authors ramble, mull, and stumble upon ideas without the least prior constraint, developing some threads quite fully and leaving others to tease us, but never ever throwing us to the lions.

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The Indexer
The authors make a case for looking beyond the traditional positivist approach to theory and research design in information science…[they] challenge us to re-think our theories and methodologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810847606
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Brian O'Connor is a Professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas. Jud Copeland is director and associate librarian of the Arnold LeDoux Library at Louisiana State University at Eunice. Jodi Keans earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2001.

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