Information Humanities & Short Reports
Michael Buckland and Clifford Lynch
Bringing scientific methods (formal definitions, measurement, quantification, simulation, logic) to bear on information and information services has largely shaped the field(s) of information science. This has been complemented by a wide-ranging emphasis on social science methodologies. Yet difficult problems remain, especially relating to meaning, relevance, judgement, culture, and belief, all traditional concerns in the humanities. How could drawing on the humanities address these problems and make information studies and information services more satisfactory? (This discussion is continued from Feb 18.)
Several short topics, including a brief update on what I’ve heard from the first few roundtables on data science as a research support service.
This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.
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Michael Buckland is emeritus professor in the School of Information and co-director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative. He grew up in England and studied history at Oxford and librarianship at Sheffield University. He trained at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and moved to the University of Lancaster Library in 1965. In 1972, Buckland moved to the United States to be Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services at Purdue University Libraries before becoming Dean of the School of Library and Information Studies at Berkeley from 1976 to 1984. He served from 1983 to 1987 as Assistant Vice President for Library Plans and Policies for the nine campuses of the University of California. Professor Buckland’s interests include bibliography, library services, search and discovery, cultural heritage, and the history and theory of documentation.
Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.