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4, Policy push, personal pull: trying to make sense of the journey towards the information society, Chris Batt

Challenge and Change in the Information Society
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Price: £44.95
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ISBN: 978-1-85604-453-0

Susan Hornby and Zoë Clarke, editors
Challenge and Change in the Information Society

The ‘information society’ is a term often used without adequate definition, and is much more than the popular buzzword commonly used to describe the impact of information and communication technologies. Information delivery and use is being challenged by both social and technological developments, and this has caused a fundamental and continuing re-evaluation of the role of information providers in society.

This new core text engages in key areas of dialogue within the information society debate. It offers a rounded and multi-perspective view of today’s information society from a wide range of theoretical, social, political and professional viewpoints. Each chapter is contributed by a leading practitioner or specialist and aims to engender lively discussion.

The book presents an overview of each issue while at the same time offering a deeper level of discussion and analysis. The contributions are divided into four sections encompassing broad themes: Part 1 outlines theories of the information society; Part 2 discusses how current developments are influencing society; Part 3 addresses the impact of the information society from a governmental and policy perspective; and Part 4 explores the consequences on the role of the information professional. Some of the key concepts covered include:

  • knowledge management;
  • electronic publishing;
  • appropriate technologies;
  • information literacy;
  • information policy;
  • intellectual property;
  • data protection;
  • freedom versus protection.

This text is an essential coursebook for students and researchers in library and information studies departments as well as on media and communication studies courses. It is also of great value to any information practitioner needing to keep up-to-date with the changing nature of the information society, and is of relevance internationally.

2002; 256pp; hardback; 978-1-85604-453-0; £44.95