The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization
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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Jun 24, 2013 Matthew rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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.