|Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of three
books in the American Society for Information Science & Technology
(ASIST) series. The new titles are Intelligent Technologies in Library
and Information Service Applications; Statistical Methods for the Information
Professional; and Advances in Classification Research, Volume 10.
ITI has also announced the publication of the latest book in its Indexing
Specialties series, Indexing Specialties: Law, edited by Peter Kendrick
and Enid L. Zafran.
Intelligent Technologies in Library and Information Service Applications,
by F. W. Lancaster and Amy Warner, surveys the applications of artificial
intelligence (AI) and expert systems in library and information services.
The authors report on experimental and working implementations of AI, assess
the current state of the art, review the relevant literature, and offer
a forecast of future use and impact.
Statistical Methods for the Information Professional: A Practical,
Painless Approach to Understanding, Using, and Interpreting Statistics
the statistical methods used in information science research. Author Liwen
Vaughan focuses on basic logic rather than mathematical intricacies, emphasizing
the meaning of statistics, when and how to apply them, and how to interpret
the results of statistical analysis. She uses examples to show how statistics
can be used to improve services, make better decisions, and conduct more
Advances in Classification Research, Volume 10, edited by Hanne
Albrechtsen and Jens-Erik Mai, is a compilation of papers presented at
the 10th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop. The volume
encompasses a variety of themes and disciplinary perspectives on classification
research, including the social and cultural informatics of classification
and coding systems, subject access and indexing theory, genre analysis,
applications in electronic environments, and automated systems.
Indexing Specialties: Law
Indexing Specialties: Law is devoted to the topic of legal indexing,
with contributions from more than a dozen leading practitioners. Each of
the 13 chapters in this new book was written by working indexers who share
their experiences and advice on the subject of legal indexing. A few of
the topics include indexing case books, selecting keywords from the text,
editing indexes, and developing automated indexing. This series attempts
to provide continuing education for indexers and to help those wishing
to learn the fine points of legal indexing.
In the introduction, Kendrick says: "Legal indexing is also about values.
There is a generosity that great indexers bring to their work. There is
a deep-seated passion to help a faceless future user who will be working
on an important case, perhaps late into the night. And above all, there
is a desire to get it right."
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