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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
  Describing CS Research: A model for LIS research?
(link may only work for subscribers, pointed out by Confessions of a Science Librarian)
Unlike chemistry, the literature of library science is not well controlled. Our databases (Library Lit and LISA) are weak and incomplete -- especially when compared to Chem Abstracts, Medline, BIOSIS, INSPEC, etc. It seems ironic that librarians don't control their literature, but it actually makes sense. Librarianship is almost a meta-discipline. We draw heavily from communications, education, psychology, law, computer science (e.g., information retrieval) and we draw at least a little from just about every other discipline (e.g., bioinformatics). In this sense there are many parallels with computer science. Just like MLSes can work in any organization at any level in any industry, computer scientists are found everywhere. The linked article attempts to describe CS research by breaking it down into academic subdivisions and approaches. Anyone know of a similar article for LIS?
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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