Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services

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Libraries Unlimited, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
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First published in 1993, this book presents a new process approach to library and information services.

First published in 1993, this book presents a new process approach to library and information services. It gives a detailed description of the model of the information search process (ISP) and a framework for a process approach to library and information services. The author has completed substantial new work that expands the concepts and applications of the user-centered process approach presented in the first edition.

Seeking Meaning was first published in 1993. It has since become a widely used professional resource and required reading in library and information science schools in the United States and abroad. This book offers essential knowledge for anyone providing library and information services. Library and information services for intellectual access--the interpretation of information and ideas within sources--and the process of seeking meaning are detailed. Presented is a theoretical framework for a process approach to library and information services, which was developed in a series of studies of the Information Search Process of users. The framework has helped to illuminate the user's perspective of information seeking, and has offered insights into pressing problems of seeking meaning in an overabundance of information.

This second edition incorporates the original research and series of studies that underlie the model of the Information Search Process, including the articulation of an uncertainty principle for library and information services and the concept of a zone of intervention for implementing a process approach. New chapters reflect the authors' studies and ideas in the ten years since the previous publication. Also described are recent studies on the implementation of a process approach to library and information services in education; an investigation of these concepts in the workplace; and a treatment of systems and systems design. A summary of the conceptual perspective and the development of process-oriented services and systems that enable the constructive process of users seeking meaning, with recommendations for further research, make this important contribution an essential text to understand the seeking of meaning through information.

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The Constructive Process in Library
Learning As a Process
The Information Search Process

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About the author (2004)

CAROL COLLIER KUHLTHAU has been on the faculty of school of communication, information, and library studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, since 1985. She has served as chair of the department and director of the Library and Information Science Master's Degree Program. She has had many awards including the American Library Association Jesse Shera Award for Outstanding Research, the Lazerow Distinguished Lectureship, Department of Library and Information Science, University of California, 1995, the Educational Media Association of New Jersey President's Award, 1997, and the American Association of School Librarians Distinguished Service Award, 2000. Her publications include many books, including the highly regarded first edition of the current book and numerous research articles.

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