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The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization

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Instant electronic access to digital information is the single most distinguishing attribute of the information age. The elaborate retrieval mechanisms that support such access are a product of technology. But technology is not enough. The effectiveness of a system for accessing information is a direct function of the intelligence put into organizing it. Just as the practi ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published 2000)
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Michael Cabus
When I was in my 20s, and began interested in information systems, this book was one I remembered fondly. I found a copy cheap on Amazon, so purchased it.

Reading it a second time proved not as inspiring; after years of changing career direction (computer science and information systems, and design), I read my share of better books on the technical topic of information architecture.

Still, this book is interesting in a historical sense, and points to the difficulty libraries found themselves in w
Dec 12, 2011 Kathrina rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 28, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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beginning to understand why this book is nicknamed the "red devil" by LIS students.
Little red devil, indeed!
Oct 03, 2008 Katie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Great cure for insomnia...
Travis Wagner
Don't trust a book that ends with a numerical list.
Feb 06, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephen Deloney
Jul 10, 2015 Stephen Deloney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Librarians
Recommended to Stephen by: University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies
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Great read! Essential for reading for today's librarians
Jan 06, 2016 Aleshia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I read this for my LIS class Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata.

It is a pretty heavy read, but gives very good background information behind information organization theory. I would say a good read for all library students, not just those in a cataloging/metadata class.

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.
Apr 04, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
Aug 09, 2010 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 24, 2007 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this is not a fun book to have to read in your first year of library school.
Mar 18, 2012 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is referred to as "the red devil" for a reason. Very dense.
Rachel Smalter Hall
Dec 11, 2008 Rachel Smalter Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a text book for Library School, and it was very text book-y.
Feb 24, 2013 Violet rated it really liked it
The only assigned book from library school that I kept.
Apr 19, 2012 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Red devil for sure!
Apr 12, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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