ERIC Number: ED316072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Survey of Common Bibliographic Denominators among Disciplines Participating in the SUNY-Albany Ph.D. Program In Information Science. [Revised].
Nitecki, Joseph Z.
Information is presented on an informal study designed to identify common bibliographic denominators shared by the faculty at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) that directly contributed to SUNYA's newly developed Ph.D. program in information science. A focus of the study was on understanding how different interpretations of the field, provided by the creators and faculty of the program, may affect the scope of the discipline. Specific objectives were to: (1) determine the committee members' consensus on a domain of information; (2) identify emerging trends in the development of information science; and (3) ascertain bibliographic overlap in the basic research tools suggested by the survey's participants. Of the 32 questionnaires sent, only 13 were fully completed, so data interpretation was limited. An analysis of survey answers is presented, however, which suggests that some insights resulted from the study. Some of these concern the definition of information and information science; the grouping of 56 individually listed domains of study into 5 rank-ordered clusters; and the identification of six major directions of future development of information science (computer science, library science, information science, technology, sociology of knowledge, and management). In addition it is noted that in spite of the recency of the field, over half of all key papers were published in book format; it is also suggested that the listings of key papers, primary journals, textbooks, and professional organizations provided by the respondents may be of interest to university librarians in filling some gaps in their collections. Questionnaire items, responses, and a list of 50 papers identified as "key papers" are included. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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