Books Awaiting Reviewers

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

Updated December 17, 2007

The following titles await reviewers for the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. If you are interested in reviewing one of the titles, contact Terry Brooks at or visit his homepage.

A typical review is three to six typewritten pages in length.

"Reviews in JASIS are part of the scholarly record of our discipline. They are intended to be one expert's careful analysis and comment on the contributions of other information scientists to our common literature." Donald O. Case, "Book Reviewing", JASIS v. 46 (5), June 1995, p326

Ambivalence Towards Convergence: Digitalization and Media Change

Edited by Tanja Storsul and Dagny Stuedahl.  Nordicom, 2007

…elucidates a variety of understandings related to the concept of convergence, and at the same time reflects on the analytical advantage of the concept. The contributions discuss the impact of media digitalization and the degree to which the prospects of convergence have been realized.

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, v.42, 2008

…includes several chapters on topics of longstanding interest to the field.  Regular ARIST readers will not be surprised to see a section devoted to information seeking and retrieval, or chapters reviewing developments in knowledge management and education for information science.  Coverage of syndromic surveillance systems and education informatics takes us in somewhat newer directions, as does the section on academic disciplines…

Digital Citizenship: the Internet, society and participation

Karen Mossberger, et al.  The MIT Press, 2008

…digital citizens are online daily.  By focusing on frequent use, they reconceptualize debates about the digital divide to include both the means and the skills to participate online…examines three aspects of participation in society online: economic opportunity, democratic participation, and inclusion in prevailing forms of communication.

Fundamentals of Information Studies: Understanding Information and Its Environment   2d ed

June Lester and Wallace C. Koehler, Jr.

…combine theory and everyday examples to provide a broad-based introduction to the field…our focus here is on human information activity…we strive to connect current information institutions to their historical roots and with their cultural, political, and economic settings.

Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century

Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari.  Libraries Unlimited, 2007

Guided Inquiry offers an integrated unit of inquiry, planned and guided by an instructional team of a school librarian and teachers, allowing students to gain deeper understandings of subject area curriculum content and information literacy concepts.

Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis

Edited by Thomas K. Landauer, et al.  Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007

LSA has been highly successful both as a theory of verbal meaning and cognition and as a practical tool for measuring similarities and differences of meaning…thorough introduction to the rationale and theory underlying LSA…”

Information and Emotion

Edited by Diane Nahl and Dania Bilal.  Information Today, 2007

…introduces the new research areas of affective issues in information seeking and use, and the affective paradigm applied to information behavior in a variety of populations, cultures and contexts.

Library and Information Center Management 7th edition

Robert D. Stueart and Barbara B. Moran.  Libraries Unlimited, 2007

With all of these new features, the basic theme of the book remains unchanged.  The book focuses upon the complex and interrelated functions common to all organizations and is intended specifically for managers and future managers of services and staffs.

Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums

Edited by Paul F. Marty and K.B. Jones.  Routledge, 2008

Today, in the early 21st century, there is tremendous interest in how people, information, and technology can work together to enhance the museum experience for museum professionals, museum visitors, and all users of museum resources.

Personal Information Management

Edited by William Jones and Jaime Teevan.  University of Washington Press, 2007

“…looks at how people in the real world currently manage to store and process the massive amounts of information that overload their sense and their systems daily, and discusses how tools can help bring these real information interactions closer to the ideal.”

The Phenomenon of Information: A conceptual approach to information flow

Mario Perez-Montoro.  Scarecrow Press, 2007

…addresses the problems of providing a theoretical explanation of how a signal carries informational content, how to indentify its characteristics, and how to define the mechanisms for describing it…examines several theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of information: the mathematical theory of communication, Dretske’s approach, and the relational theory of meaning.