Library and Information Science

Information studies are blossoming all over the world. Even though there are many different approaches, this field is based on exploring the relationship between information, people and technology.

Information science is primarily concerned with the patterns of how information originates, how it is processed, accessed, transformed, distributed and received by the society. The principles and findings of information science are utilised for security and rationalisation of social, information and communication processes in governmental, public and private sectors, by memory institutes or information services. Information science deals not only with the issue of librarian research of manuscripts, rare books and reader reception from the Middle Ages to the present, but also with the research of communicating information in the society, scientific information, research data and the issue of new media or social networks and collaborative information systems in the global digital networks environment.

Library and Information Science (LIS) by definition is part of Information science. Some authors (e.g. Estabrook, 2010) understand LIS as an intersection of information and library science. LIS focuses on the origin, processing, access, transformation, distribution and reception of information in the society with a focus on libraries (and other memory institutes) and scientific communication.  Currently, LIS focuses primarily on researching the digital media including digital libraries, data management, information search, knowledge organization and other sub-disciplines.

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