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Information acquisition and management has always had a profound impact on societal and organizational progression. However, as computing dramatically advances the level of intelligence associated with management technologies, the breadth of their dispersal, and ultimately the impact of the information itself, the utilization and management of information science and technology also gains profound importance. This change-driven environment creates a critical need for a comprehensive, up-to-date reference encompassing the full range of concepts, issues, methods, technologies, and trends associated with the field.

The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition is a 10-volume compilation of authoritative, research-based articles contributed by thousands of researchers and experts from all over the world. This discipline-defining encyclopedia will serve research needs in numerous fields that are affected by the rapid pace and substantial impact of technological change. With an emphasis on modern issues and the presentation of potential opportunities, prospective solutions, and future directions in the field, it is a relevant and essential addition to any academic library’s reference collection



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Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


Jennifer Joe joined the faculty of University Libraries in August 2013. She received her M.L.S. from Indiana University and her M.A. in Sociology from Western Kentucky University. She is responsible for reference, instruction, and collection development at the Owensboro Campus. Her research interests include electronic resources, social media, and assessment in libraries, as well as popular culture and the sociology of religion.

This chapter appears in Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Edition, edited by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour. Copyright 2014, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Edition