Handbook of Information Management

Handbook of Information Management

Handbook of Information Management

Handbook of Information Management


This is effectively the eighth edition of Aslib's flagship reference work, Handbook of Special Librarianship and Information Work, which has provided the seminal text on modern information theory, practice, and procedure since 1957. Scammell draws on a substantial background of research and best practice to provide a pragmatic approach to information management in the workplace. This volume covers strategic, legal, management, and marketing issues and highlights the importance of new web-based delivery mechanisms. It includes contributions from outside the UK, mirroring the global nature of information management.

• essential reference to core theories and principles of information organization, retrieval and dissemination

• a new chapter exploring the legal issues involved with information on the Internet

• new topics including: freedom of information, project management, digital library research, the hybrid library, the effective website and the intranet.


I am very pleased to introduce this new edition of the Handbook. Formerly entitled Handbook of Special Librarianship and Information Work, this represents the eighth edition of what is generally regarded as Aslib's 'flagship' reference work, the seminal text on modern information theories, procedures and practices since 1955.

The title has been changed to reflect a broader spectrum of managed information services and structures than merely the management of a physical collection of material. Although there are still many references to libraries and librarians throughout the book, by dropping the notorious 'L' word from the title, the intention is to emphasise the diverse nature of information work, in all its myriad forms. We are living and working at a time when 24/7 information availability across a variety of delivery channels is an accepted and routine part of everyday life. We are entering a new era of third generation computing where information will be accessible from multiple devices and electronic service delivery is becoming common place. Information professionals these days are as likely to be knowledge managers, web site editors or systems developers, with little or no responsibility for traditional library tasks.

The role of the information profession is very wide ranging and continues to defy hard and fast definitions. Information management is a complex set of activities involving the selection, organisation, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of information. The intention of the Handbook is to review and update these subjects, providing a comprehensive coverage of current best practice building on a corpus of knowledge and expertise spanning many decades of research, development and practice.

As with previous editions, the focus of the Handbook is on special information services rather than public and academic libraries although the Handbook contains a wealth of information which will be of relevance to information professionals working in all sectors. The contributors-academics, practitioners and consultants-are from a range of backgrounds and fields. Many are well-published authorities in their subjects while others are more recent entrants to the profession whose fresh ideas and experiences provide a particularly valuable contribution.

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