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Enabling recorded knowledge

The new Department of Library & Information Science cements City's long-standing tradition of education and research in the field of Information Science, which began in 1961.
by John Stevenson


The Department of Library & Information Science is the most recent addition to City University London's School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering. The new Department's name underscores the fact that education and research in the field of Information Science began at City as far back as 1961.

The new name also reflects a broader focus on the entirety of the collection sciences which support the information communication chain. The revolution in the way documents are created, disseminated, organised and used over the last three decades makes the fundamental tenets of library and information science essential to the process or creating and enabling recorded knowledge.

The Department of Library & Information Science provides a home for the research carried out within "The Centre for Information Science", and for City's internationally renowned Library School, #citylis.

Senior Lecturer in Library & Information Science, Dr Lyn Robinson, says the Department will be "taking library and information science through the 21st century". Its collective interests and expertise falls into three main areas:

  • The foundations of the information science, including the nature of information, library and information history, and the philosophy of information;
  • Information communication for specific domains and subjects: the changing nature of documents and publishing models in the digital environment, and the consequences for information specialists; the representation and organisation of information and knowledge;
  • Information behaviour of individuals and groups, and within society: information behaviour associated with emerging technologies such as pervasive and multisensory computing, and behaviour associated with non-traditional realms exemplified by virtual communities and cool hunters; digital literacy and the effects of individual differences on information behaviour.

Please visit this link for more information on City's master's courses in Library Science and Information Science.

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