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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012

 
Humanistic Information Science
Jack Andersen, Melanie Feinberg, Jonathan Furner, Jens-Erik Mai and Joseph Tennis

Tuesday, 8:30am


Summary

The panel presents approaches to information science that are grounded in humanities, and argues that the field could be richer if it embraces humanistic approaches to information science. While the field has broadened and changed significantly since ASIST was founded 75 years ago, it is suggested that information science continues to be committed to objectivistic understandings of what is most properly involved in social scientific inquiry. The panelists will present understandings of information science as the field concerned with the fundamental relation between people and reality, and with the culturally-specific roles that information plays in the practices that constitute this relation. The panelists will present a range of scholarly research topics in humanistic information science that will be used as the springboard for interactions with the audience about the future of a humanistic information science.