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Digital Consumers: Re-shaping the Information Profession - The Facet Information and Society Collection (Hardback)
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Digital Consumers: Re-shaping the Information Profession - The Facet Information and Society Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 23/08/2008
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The information professions - librarianship, archives, publishing and, to some extent, journalism - have been rocked by the digital transition that has led to disintermediation, easy access and massive information choice. Professional skills are increasingly being performed without the necessary context, rationale and understanding. Information now forms a consumer commodity with many diverse information producers engaged in the market. It is generally the lack of recognition of this fact amongst the information professions that explains the difficulties they find themselves in.
There is a need for a new belief system that will help information professionals survive and engage in a ubiquitous information environment, where they are no longer the dominant players, nor, indeed, the suppliers of first choice. The purpose of this thought-provoking book is to provide that overarching vision, built on hard evidence rather than PowerPoint 'puff'.
The authors of the acclaimed CIBER Google Generation study, and an international, cross-sectoral team of contributors has assembled together for this purpose. Key strategic areas covered include: the digital consumer: an introduction and philosophythe digital information marketplace and its economics: the end of exclusivitythe e-shopper: the growth of the informed purchaserthe library in the digital agethe psychology of the digital information consumerthe information-seeking behaviour of the digital consumer: case study - the virtual scholarthe Google generation: myths and realities about young people's digital information behaviourtrends in digital information consumption and the futurewhere do we go from here? Readership: No information professional or student can afford not to read this far-reaching and important book.

Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 9781856046510
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"There is no doubt that the information professions would benefit from reviewing and reenergizing their customer orientation, and this book offers a wide range of valuable insights on the behaviour of the digital information consumer from one of the leading teams of information behaviour researchers in the UK...this book is to be recommended, and should be obligatory reading for all information professions." -- Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
"Overall, this is an important, even seminal work...The book is well designed and easy to read with a clear layout and a good index. At one point, somewhat flippantly, the authors suggest that for many, serious reading is only undertaken on holiday; if that is the case you could do worse than to pack this enjoyable read in your luggage." -- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
"Buy the book: it is an important review of the state of the art in these early years of the 21st century and worth its price." -- Information Research

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