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Information and Society
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Dr. Ziming Liu
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Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV

Part I. Libraries and Society

History of libraries, information services and information technology. Role of libraries and their relationship to other information providers. Examines the provision of library and information services in the information society.


Eberhart, G. M. (2000). The whole library handbook 3: Current data, professional advice, and curiosa about libraries and library services. Chicago, IL: American Library Association: 2-45; 56-68.

Harris, M., Hannah, S. & Harris, P. (1998). Into the future. (2nd ed.). Greenwich, CT: Ablex: pp. 23-25, chap. 2a, chap. 2b (pp. 23-50).

Intner, S. (1998, March). The Good Professional: A New Vision. American Libraries, 48-50.

Lynch, B. P., & Smith, K. R. (2001). The changing nature of work in academic libraries. College & Research Libraries, 62(5), 407-420. [PDF 1.4 MB]

Rubin, Chap. 7

Part II. Characteristics of Information

Introduction to the concepts of information in a free society and a historical perspective on the need to provide equal access to information in order to maintain a democratic society.


Rubin, chap. 1.

Schramm, William. (1975). How communication works. Mass media and society. 2nd ed., Alan Wells, ed., Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield: pp. 171-179.

Part III. The Information Society

Discusses the concept of the "Information Society" and places it in a political, historical, and sociological perspective. Considers the role of technology in society and how it relates to social change.


Bell, D. (1980). The social framework of the information society. The Microelectronics revolution: The complete guide to the new technology and its impact on society. Tom Forester, ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 500-549.

Liu, Z. (2003). Trends in transforming scholarly communication and their implications. Information Processing and Management, 39(6): 889-898. [PDF 76 KB]

Thirunarayanan, M. (2003). From thinkers to clickers: The World Wide Web and the transformation of the essence of being human. Ubiquity, 4 (12).

Part IV. Library and Information Professional Response to Technological Change

The social, political, and technical changes caused by technology in the information workplace.


Eberhart, 410-438.

Rubin, chap. 3.

Stevens, N. (1991). A popular history of library technology. Library technology 1970-1990: Shaping the library of the future: Research contributions from the 1990 Computers in Libraries Conference, Nancy M. Nelson, ed. Westport, CT: Meckler: pp. 1-13.

p. 1-5
p. 6-13

Broderick, D. M. (1998). Net or not, people need libraries. American Libraries, 62-64.

Part V. Status of Librarianship as a Profession

Explores the socially constructed role of the library and information professions.


Eberhart, 140-208.

Harris & Hannah, chap. 2a & chap. 2b.

Rubin, chaps. 6, 10

Harris, R. (1992). Librarianship: The erosion of a woman’s profession. Chap. 9.

Part VI. Ethics of the Profession

Examines the ethical basis for professional activities.


Harris & Hannah, chap. 4 & chap. 4b.

Rubin, chap. 8

Codes of Ethics for Library and Information Professionals

Part VII. Valuing the Information Professional

Assesses the economic and social value added by the work of information professionals.

Part VIII. Understanding the Information User

Examines theories and methodologies for determining user information needs and helping expand information literacy skills.


Chatman, E. A. (1990, Spring). Alienation theory: Application of a conceptual framework to a study of information among janitors. RQ, 355-368.

p. 355-358
p. 359-361
p. 362-365
p. 366-368

Estabrook, L. S. (1997, February). Polarized Perceptions. Library Journal (#) 1, 46-48.

Graham, L. & Metaxas, P. T. (2003). "Of course it's true; I saw it on the Internet!" Critical thinking in the Internet era. Communications of the ACM, 46(5), 70-75.

Kozel, K. (1998). Re-thinking the end-user’s experience: What filmmakers, teachers, and advertisers can teach us. E-Media Professional. pp. 61-63 & pp. 64-67.

Vaugham, K. (2003). Changing use patterns of print journals in the digital age. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 54(12), 1149-1152. [PDF 59 KB]

Whitmire, E. (2001). The relationship between undergraduates' background characteristics and college experiences and their academic library use. College & Research Libraries, 62(6), 528-540. [PDF, 1 MB]

Part IX. Special Populations, Multiculturalism and Values

The multicultural mission of information workers and information institutions to serve a variety of special populations.


Barnett, J. (1997, November). Para servirle: At your service. American Libraries, 42-44.

Chepesiuk, R. (1996, November). Unlocking doors through literacy. American Libraries. 47-48.

Eberhart, 364-382.

Fish, J. (1992, February). Responding to cultural diversity: A library in transition.Wilson Library Bulletin. 34-37.

Hendricks, Y. (1991, April). The Japanese as library patrons. C&RL News, 221-225.

James, P., & Meltzer, E. (1990). Origins and attitudes: Training of reference librarians for a pluralistic world. The Reference Librarian 30, 145-153.

Klauber, J. (1998, November). Living Well with a Disability: How Libraries Can Help. American Libraries, (#), 52-55.

Rios, Kravitz, R. (1996). Giving birth to the dream: Realizing a multiethnic, multiracial state. California Libraries, 6, 13-17.

Schull, D. D. (1998, Summer). .Innovating to Serve the Global Village: Thoughts about Multilingual and Multicultural Services.. Reference Services Review, (#), 59-63.

St. Lifer, E., & Nelson, C. (1997, November) Unequal opportunities: Race does matter. Library Journal,(#), 42-46.

Stoffle, C. J., & Tarin, P. A. (1994). No place for neutrality: The case for multiculturalism. Library Journal. July: 46-49.

Su, S. S. (1995). Information and a forgotten minority: Elderly Chinese immigrants.Library and Information Science Research, 17, 69-86.

pp. 69-73
pp. 74-77
pp. 78-86

Part X. Professionalism and Values and Professional Associations

Explores the mission and activities of professional organizations.


Rubin, chap. 9, Also read Appendix G

Weber, S. (1999). Competencies for information professionals. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science. Oct/Nov: 28-29

Part XI. Information Economics:

Examines the economic issues related to information access and ownership.


Rubin, chap. 4

Bertot, J. C., McClure, C. R., Jaeger P. T. (2005). Public libraries struggle to meet internet demand: New study shows libraries need support to sustain online services. American Libraries, 36(7), 78-80.

Byrd, G. (1988). The economic value of information. Unpublished paper presented to the 1988 AALL Institute on Law Library Management, University of Alabama Law Center, Tuscaloosa, June 22, 1988.

Harris, R. (1992). Librarianship: The erosion of a woman’s profession. Norwood, N.J. Ablex. chap 8.

p. 145-153
p. 154-160

Schaffner, B. L. (2001). Electronic resources: A wolf in sheep's clothing. College & Research Libraries, 62(3), 239-249.

Schiller, H., & Schiller, A. (1988). Libraries, public access to information and commerce. The political economy of information. ed. By V. Mosco and J. Wasko. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press: pp. 146-166.

pp. 146-153
pp. 154-161
pp. 162-166

Wagner, A. B. (2003). Managing tradeoffs in the electronic age. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 54(12), 1160-1164. [PDF, 85 KB]

Part XII. Information Policy

Examines major policy issues related to information with special emphasis on information policy in a democratic society.


Harris & Hannah, chap. 3a, chap. 3b, & chap. 6.

Rubin, chap. 5.

Barlow, J. (1994, March). Economy of (everything) ideas. Wired, 85-90, 126-129.

Part XIII. Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Freedom: "Issues of Controversy"

Examines issues relating to information ownership and intellectual freedom.


Anderson, B. (2002). First sale, digital copyright, and libraries. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 21(1), 73-76.

Allison, R. Y. (1998). Libraries and the Internet, part III. Library authority to filter/block Internet sites. Illinois Libraries, 80, 43-45.

Buschman, J. (1993). Issues in censorship and political technology. Critical approaches to information technology in librarianship. ed. By John Buschman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press,125 -149.

p. 125-135
p. 136-149

Gasaway, L. N. (1999). Copyright corner: Copyright protection extended. Information Outlook, 3, 36-37.

Montana, J. C. (1999, January). Copyright law and the Internet.The Information Management Journal,33, 52-56.

Russell, C. (2003). Understanding and protecting fair use. Public Libraries, 42(5),

XIV. Information Futures

Examines critical issues and predictions for the future of the information society


Bell, D. (1987). The world and the United States in 2013. Daedalus, 16, 1-31.

Clark, David D. (1999, October). High-Speed Data Races Home. Scientific American. 94-99.

Crawford, W., & Gorman, M. (1995). Future libraries: Dreams, madness and reality. Chicago: American Library Association. Chapter 12.

Drucker, P. (1994, November). The social age of transformation. The Atlantic Monthly, 53-80.

Eberhart, 440-492.

Frey, T. (2007). The future of libraries. Available at

Grafton, A. (2007, November 5). Future reading: Digitization and its discontents. New Yorker, 83(34).

Sandlian, P. (1997). Visioning the Future of the Digital Library. Library Trends 45, 582-584.

Snider, J. H. Education Wars: The Battle over Information-Age Technology. The Futurist (#): May-June: 24-28.

Zeidberg, D. S. (1999, Spring). The Archival View of Technology: Resources for the Scholar of the Future. Library Trends, 47, 796-805.