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?