Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 2 February 2002
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Information Today, Inc. Unveils Two New Books

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Information Management for the Intelligent Organization: The Art of Scanning the Environment, third edition, by Chun Wei Choo. This new monograph, published by ITI on behalf of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), is updated and expanded to develop an understanding of how an organization can manage its information processes more effectively. ITI has also announced the publication of Evaluating Networked Information Services: Techniques, Policy, and Issues, edited by Charles R. McClure and John Carlo Bertot. This too is published on behalf of ASIST, and it brings together an introduction and overview of evaluation techniques, tools, and processes.
 

Information Management for the Intelligent Organization
According to the announcement, the intelligent organization is one that is skilled at marshaling its information resources and capabilities, transforming information into knowledge, and using this knowledge to sustain and enhance its performance in a restless environment. The third edition of Information Management for the Intelligent Organization: The Art of Scanning the Environment features new sections on information culture, information overload, and organizational learning; a new chapter on knowledge management and the role of information professionals; and numerous extended case studies of environmental scanning by organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Choo is associate professor of information studies at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in information management, online information retrieval, organizational decision making, and knowledge management. He is the author of numerous books and articles on information and knowledge management.
 

Evaluating Networked Information Services
McClure, Bertot, and their contributors report on a range of current initiatives and information policy issues, and offer practical guidance for anyone who needs to evaluate the usefulness, impact, cost, and effectiveness of networked information services and resources.

The following key issues and themes are presented:

  • Rapidly Evolving and Changing Context for Evaluation
  • Network Evaluation Requires New and Different Methodologies
  • Integrating Technical and Social Evaluation Research Perspectives
  • Networked Information Services Evaluation: Not an Exact Science
  • Cross-Discipline Education and Training
  • Convincing Organizations of the Importance of Evaluation
  • Need for Additional Research
McClure is the Francis Eppes Professor of Information Studies and director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University. He has written extensively on topics related to the planning and evaluation of information services, information resource management, and federal information policy. Bertot is associate professor in the School of Information Studies and associate director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University. He and McClure are co-authors of the Public Libraries and the Internet 2000 study supported by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

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