"Information" is a word that is much used and discussed, but with little agreement on its meaning. Yet information forms the professional focus and intellectual content of numerous disciplines and professions---information science, knowledge management, social studies of information, digital humanities, biomedical informatics, library science, archival science, records management, information systems, and many more. In this collection of eighteen professional papers and other texts by Professor Marcia Bates, of UCLA's Department of Information Studies, this pivotal concept is addressed in depth, and its relation to the information professions developed and discussed. A number of professional and disciplinary issues are considered, including definitions of the fields, research paradigms and methodologies, the role of the doctorate in a profession, and the major research content areas of the several fields, with special attention to information science. Finally, the distinctive experience of being a woman graduate student and professor, when that was still rare in American universities, is described. Bates' popular articles, "The Invisible Substrate of Information Science," "Fundamental Forms of Information," "The Information Professions: Knowledge, Memory, Heritage," An Introduction to Metatheories, Theories, and Models," and "Many Paths to Theory: The Creative Process in the Information Sciences" are included, among others. This is Volume I of three containing selected works by Bates. The others are titled: Information Searching Theory and Practice (Vol. II), and Information Users and Information System Design (Vol. III).
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About the Author
A graduate of Pomona College (B.A.) and the University California at Berkeley (M.L.S., Ph.D.), Bates also served in Thailand in the Peace Corps.
Table of ContentsInformation
Bates, M. J. Information and knowledge: An evolutionary framework for information science.
Bates, M. J. Fundamental forms of information.
Bates, M. J. Information. (Encyclopedia entry.)
Bates, M. J. Information: The last variable.
The Information Professions
Bates, M. J. The invisible substrate of information science.
Bates, M. J. The information professions: Knowledge, memory, heritage.
Bates, M. J. A tour of information science through the pages of JASIS.
Bates, M. J. & Maack. M.N. Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed.
Bates, M. J. Topical table of contents. Encyclopedia of library and information sciences, 3rd Ed.
Bates, M. J. Many paths to theory: The creative process in the information sciences.
Bates, M. J. An introduction to metatheories, theories, and models.
Bates, M. J. The role of the Ph.D. in a professional field. (Lecture.)
Bates, M. J. A doctorate in library/information science.
Future directions for the library profession and its education. California Library Association Task Force on the Future of Librarianship.
Bates, M. J. A criterion citation rate for information scientists.
Bates, M. J. Information science at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960's: A memoir of student days.
Bates, M. J. Acceptance speech for the American Society for Information Science and Technology Award of Merit.
Bates, M. J. A note from Marcia J. Bates. In W. J. Wheeler (Ed.), Saving the time of the library user through subject access innovation: Papers in honor of Pauline Atherton Cochrane (pp. 5-6).
Author curriculum vitae.