Theories of Information Behavior (Asist Monograph) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2005
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Each of the 70+ chapters is a 1 - 3 page summary of a particular IB theory. These summaries are extremely helpful for beginning MLIS students who need a quick explanation of a theory mentioned in class, or an overview of a theory they read about a few weeks ago but can't quite remember, or who just want to browse through some more IB theories.
The authors of this text have a very pithy way of expressing the ideas in a simplified format that doesn't sacrifice the quality of the writing. This book is very highly regarded in the Library/IS academic community due to its accessibility and quality. Ask any of the scholars whose works are included inside of this text if they are satisfied with the contributors summaries of the sometimes complex theories? If I could give a higher rating, I would.
My concerns with the book are related to ``what is theory?'' and ``what are the important theories?''.
First, the ``what is theory?''. To say that some of the positions presented in each chapter are theories
is really pushing the label of theory. Certainly, many of the paradigms do not measure up to the
definition of theory that the editors of the book state in the preface or which are in the leading chapter
of section one.
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