The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization
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The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization

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Integrating the disciplines of descriptive cataloguing, subject cataloguing, indexing and classification, this book adopts a conceptual framework that views the process of organizing information as the use of special language of description.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published 2000)
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Karen S.
beginning to understand why this book is nicknamed the "red devil" by LIS students.
Oct 03, 2008 Katie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Great cure for insomnia...
I first came across The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization during library school and filed the title away to come back to at some point and read beyond the couple assigned chapters. Other reviews charmingly refer to Svenonius' book as the "Red Devil," -and though written in a dry, academic manner- it remains a clear and straightforward overview of the underlying principles of information organization. Its focus and examples probably make it of most use and interest to those with...more
Ah Svenonius. This was another library school textbook. Lots of anxiety about the library apocalypse... a little planning for the library after-culture. A unique voice amongst many of our readings on information organization because she actually has some faith in the user, and actually wants to make things easier for them (FRBR, etc.), unlike many of the other ivory tower folks we've heard from this semester. Redeeming qualities, but still hard to wrap your head around at many points.
Dan Waters
Feb 27, 2009 Dan Waters marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Her use of Quine is really interesting (albeit not Quinean), and I think she's "the REAL DEAL"...she's sincerely interested in crafting a useful and sober philosophical foundation for furthering our work in information science.
I do not like metadata. I do not like cataloging. I do not like bibliographic control. I do not like these things. But I swear I will be a very good librarian. But I will not work in the basement. No.
It is surely interesting, but is hard to read...nand understand for an english second language person; nights awake to prepare the "digital document organizatio" exam...
Ahhhh, Svenonius. I'm sure this is a great book, if you can stay awake enough to understand it. It's incredibly dense... not my favorite class read.
this is not a fun book to have to read in your first year of library school.
It is referred to as "the red devil" for a reason. Very dense.
Rachel Smalter Hall
This was a text book for Library School, and it was very text book-y.
The only assigned book from library school that I kept.
Little red devil, indeed!
Red devil for sure!
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