Module Identifier IL10110  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Anoush Simon  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report - style written assignment (1500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay - style written assignment (1500 words)  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe how information science, information management and knowledge management evolved;
2. Identify the main roles of information professionals;
3. Identify the social and political contexts within which information and library services operate;
4. Discuss some economic and social implications of information technology;
5. Describe the types of recorded information available, and how different information formats operate;
6. Demonstrate awareness of the range and diversity of information services that exist.

Brief description

The aim of this module is to give students an introduction to the meaning and foundations of the information profession by investigating the varied roles of the information professional, and why these are important in today'r rapidly changing world. It also aims to place information studies in its societal and historical context by looking at the various forms and formats of recorded information, the major producers and providers of information in the UK, and the social and political environments in which they operate.


Content will include the following:

Module Skills

Problem solving Written assignments and group discussions will encourage an investigative and critical approach towards key issues.  
Research skills To be developed through two written assignments.  
Communication Class discussion is encouraged; group work (in seminars); written assignments.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Class discussion and personal reflection on written work  
Team work Some group work in seminars will be included  
Information Technology Discussion of IT applications integral to some lectures.  
Application of Number N/A  
Personal Development and Career planning Module presents an introduction to many aspects of the information profession which will be valuable in students' later module choices and career planning  
Subject Specific Skills Will introduce areas of key knowledge for the information profession (Learning Outcomes 4, 5, 6) as well as an understanding of the profession in wider contexts (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3)  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Abell, A. and Oxbrow, N. (2001) Competing with knowledge : the information professional in the knowledge management age London: Library Association
Feather, John. (2004.) The information society :a study of continuity and change /John Feather. 1856044971
Gamble, Paul R. Knowledge Management Kogan Page 0749436492
Harris, M.H. (1999) History of libraries in the western world 4th. Lanham, Maryland and London: Scarecrow Press, Inc
Lerner, F. (1998) Story of libraries : from the invention of writing to the computer age. New Youk : Continum
Rowley, J.E. and Farrow, J (2000) Organising knowledge : an introduction to managing access to information Aldershot: Gower
Stephen E. Little, Paul Quintas and Tim Ray Managing knowledge : an essential reader SAGE Open University
Wilson, DA. (2002) Managing Information 3rd. Oxford: Butterworth
Wilson, DA. (1996) Managing Knowledge Oxford: Butterworth - Heinemann
Wilson, David A. Managing Information edition 3r.e. of "Managing Information" . Butterworth-Heinemann 0750656212
Wilson, David A. Managing Knowledge Butterworth-Heinemann 0750620544
** Supplementary Text
Department for Culture, Media and Sport Framework for the future : libraries, learning and information in the next decade. London : Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Abell, Angela Competing with Knowledge Library Assn. 1856043398
Anderson, R. Information Based Knowledge Systems Prentice-Hall 013457334X
Armand Mattelart The information society : an introduction London ; Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage publications
Bernard, Ryan Corporate Intranet edition 2r.e. . Wiley 0471247758
Chun Wei Choo Knowing Organization Oxf.U.P.(N.Y.) 0195110129
David Nicholas and Ian Rowlands (2000) The Internet : its impact and evaluation London: Aslib/IMI
Gamble, Paul R. Knowledge Management Kogan Page 0749436492
Gonzalez, Jennifer Stone (1999) The 21st-century Intranet Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall PTR
Griffiths, Peter Managing Your Internet and Intranet Services Library Assn. 1856043401
J. Michael Brittain Introduction to information management / Wagga Wagga, NSW : Centre for information studies, Charles Sturt University,
John Hall Teamwork in libraries London : Library Information Technology Centre
Liebenau, Jonathan Understanding Information Macmillan Educ. 0333536800
Macdonald, John Understanding Total Quality Management in a Week edition n.e. . Headway 0340711914
Martin, John Organizational Behaviour International Thomson Business P. 1861521634
Mary Mowat Legal liability for information provision London : Aslib
Moxon, Peter Building a Better Team edition n.e. . Gower Pub.Co. 0566080079
Naughton, John Brief History of the Future Weidenfeld & N. 0297643304
Neusch, Donna R. High Performance Enterprise edition 3r.e. . Wiley 0471132837
Newell, Susan Managing Knowledge Work Palgrave Macmillan 0333962990
Patrick Villa An investment in knowledge : library and information services in the United Kingdom London : CILIP,
Rowley, J.E. Organizing Knowledge edition 3r.e.of "Organizing Knowledge: Introduction to Information Retrieval" . Gower Pub.Co. 0566080478
St.Clair, Guy Beyond Degrees Bowker-Saur 1857392647
St.Clair, Guy Total Quality Management in Information Services Bowker-Saur 1857390393
Stephen E. Little, Paul Quintas and Tim Ray Managing knowledge : an essential reader SAGE Open University
Stockwell, Foster History of Information Storage and Retrieval, A McFarland & Co.,U.S. 0786408405
Vickery, B.C. Information Science in Theory and Practice edition 2r.e. . Bowker-Saur 1857390172
Webb, Sylvia P. Knowledge Management Aslib 0851424147
Wilson, David A. Managing Information edition 3r.e. of "Managing Information" . Butterworth-Heinemann 0750656212
Wilson, David A. Managing Knowledge Butterworth-Heinemann 0750620544
Conservation in the Internet Age Island P.,U.S. 155963913X
Women in Management edition n.e. . P.Chapman Pub. 1853962899


This module is at CQFW Level 4