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1 Information in the Information Age

2 We thought we knew what information is.

3 Information in the Information Age We thought we knew what information is. Then along came Postmodernism

4 Information in the Information Age We thought we knew what information is. Then along came Postmodernism Along came the electronic age

5 Information in the Information Age We thought we knew what information is. Then along came Postmodernism Along came the electronic age Along came alternate forms of publication

6 Information in the Information Age Now “information” is an exceedingly mixed bag

7 Information in the Information Age Now “information” is an exceedingly mixed bag How did we get here?

8 Information in the Information Age Before there was print:  Information was “traditional”

9 Information in the Information Age Before there was print:  Information was “traditional”  Reliability of information was crucial

10 Information in the Information Age Before there was print:  Information was “traditional”  Reliability of information was crucial  Unauthorized critique of information or creation of new knowledge was dangerous

11 Information in the Information Age Before there was print:  Information was “traditional”  Reliability of information was crucial  Unauthorized critique of information or creation of new knowledge was dangerous  Development of new knowledge was slow

12 Information in the Information Age Reading and writing:  Knowledge could be preserved in print

13 Information in the Information Age Reading and writing:  Knowledge could be preserved in print  People could pay more attention to discovery

14 Information in the Information Age Reading and writing:  Knowledge could be preserved in print  People could pay more attention to discovery  Keepers of knowledge were more elite than in oral societies

15 Information in the Information Age The Printing Press:  Multiple copies made information more secure

16 Information in the Information Age The Printing Press:  Multiple copies made information more secure  More people could access the knowledge base

17 Information in the Information Age The Printing Press:  Multiple copies made information more secure  More people could access the knowledge base  Elitism of knowledge keepers was attacked

18 Information in the Information Age The Printing Press:  Multiple copies made information more secure  More people could access the knowledge base  Elitism of knowledge keepers was attacked  Possibility of new discovery was multiplied

19 Information in the Information Age The Printing Press:  Multiple copies made information more secure  More people could access the knowledge base  Elitism of knowledge keepers was attacked  Possibility of new discovery was multiplied  Subject Disciplines organized knowledge

20 Information in the Information Age Enter the Internet:  Gatekeepers no longer crucial; free speech reigns

21 Information in the Information Age Enter the Internet:  Gatekeepers no longer crucial; free speech reigns  More ability to create and acquire information than ever before in human history

22 Information in the Information Age Enter the Internet:  Gatekeepers no longer crucial; free speech reigns  More ability to create and acquire information than ever before in human history  The readers become the gatekeepers

23 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Books

24 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Books  Traditional publishing is continuing

25 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Books  Traditional publishing is continuing  E-book publishing is advancing slowly

26 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Books  Traditional publishing is continuing  E-book publishing is advancing slowly  Print-on-demand is opening new opportunities

27 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Journals and Magazines

28 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Journals and Magazines  E-journals are dominating; print is dying

29 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Journals and Magazines  E-journals are dominating; print is dying  Scholarship is being maintained

30 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Journals and Magazines  E-journals are dominating; print is dying  Scholarship is being maintained  The Open Access movement is growing (

31 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art The World Wide Web

32 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art The World Wide Web  Searching for a better search engine

33 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art The World Wide Web  Searching for a better search engine  Cataloging the Web

34 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art The World Wide Web  Searching for a better search engine  Cataloging the Web  Better instruction for users

35 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Web 2.0  Includes everything about the WWW that is interactive  Blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, forums, chat, , MySpace, Facebook, Second Life and so on  Does social interaction lead to better information?

36 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Not All Information is Informative

37 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Not All Information is Informative  Information needs to “inform.”

38 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Not All Information is Informative  Information needs to “inform.”  As gatekeeping diminishes there is more freedom but more responsibility as well

39 Information in the Information Age Information Today: The State of the Art Not All Information is Informative  Information needs to “inform.”  As gatekeeping diminishes there is more freedom but more responsibility as well  Do you have the skills to evaluate the information you use?


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