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Christina's LIS Rant
Sunday, January 11, 2009
  Comps readings this week
Finished:
Garvey, W. D. (1979). Communication, the essence of science: Facilitating information exchange among librarians, scientists, engineers, and students. New York: Pergamon Press.

Over all, seems like a digested version of his papers, which I've already read. There were some new things about how and when librarians can/should get in on the action...

Read chapters 1-6 of
Monge, P. R., & Contractor, N. S. (2003). Theories of communication networks. New York: Oxford University Press.
I initially had Wasserman & Faust on my reading list, but my committee members thought this would be better - wow, they're right! This sort of handwaves at the actual SNA measures, but is all about the various social theories and how they are investigated using SNA metrics (ah-ha, a missing piece). I've read a few of the papers mentioned, but this really just puts everything in one spot. When I started the first chapter - I was like blah, blah, blah - world is flat, emergence, complexity, globalization, yadda, yadda... and then, all of a sudden, they drop the names of like 15 major theories and then tell you what hypotheses and how to test them. So reading speed has been uneven :) I might either in next week's post or as a separate post list some of the theories. The authors' main contribution is a multitheoretical, multilevel framework - something to do when your theory with dyads conflicts with your theory for the global network, for example.

Off to read chp7...

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Garvey (1979) is probably out of print. It still seems relevant insofar as I remember it. Worth reprinting?
 
maybe worth reprinting if someone did sort of a retrospective introduction to the front... also to talk about technological determinism and how that's not so cool anymore :)
 
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