Part One Definitions and Scopes
Main points:What is information? What is information management? And who does information management as a profession? These questions must be answered before anybody moves into information management studies. Though there are no definite answers to the questions, as different people from different fields may have different views, students will be brought to the starting point of learning the subject: information management.
Passage One: What is Information?
Passage Two: What is Information Management?
Passage Three: The Information Professional
Part Two Information Content Management
Main points:Information processing is a concept closely associated with information management that does something to information to make it into something else, that is, to change in some way information content. Classification, cataloging, abstracting and indexing, and digitization, all these change information content in some way, into a catalog card, or an abstract or an index, or an arrangement by subject, by author, or by title. In order to illustrate this, classification, abstract and abstracting, and index and vocabulary control will be discussed.
Passage Four:Classification on Library System
Passage Five:Abstracts and Abstracting
Passage Six:Indexing and Vocabulary Control
Part Three Process of Information
Main points:Information management also exists in the process of information in which information management is done so as to acquire, analyze and store information, to disseminate and retrieve information. In the whole process of information, the content is transformed or transferred either in analog form or in digital form, from one place to another place, from one person to another person. Concepts and philosophies are to be explained through studying four passages in this part.
Passage Seven:Information Acquisition and Recording
Passage Eight:Information Analysis and Storage
Passage Ten:Basic Concepts of Information Retrieval Systems
Part Four information resource management
Main points:Information Management means information resources management relating to all the resources required to manage information, of which records management, library collection management, database management, network management could be included as fine examples. Here included in this part for deliberate study are records and database management, database and database management, network management and how to manage computer-generated information.
Passage Eleven:Records and Database Management
Passage Thirteen:Network Management: Goals, Organization and Functions
Passage Fourteen:How to Manage Computer-Generated Information?
Part Five Related academic subjects
Main points:Disciplines contributing to information management are such related academic subjects as information science, information technology, computer science, communication science, library science, management science, business principles, office automation, systems analysis, etc., which exert great influence on the subject of information management. For example, information science provides information theory and ways to measure information. The development of information technology equips information management with advanced hardware. Information as a strategic resource and an important commodity follows all principles of business when it goes into market. Information content management can not do without cataloging, abstracting and indexing services, which were initiated by library science as its essential part of librarians’ education and practice. Here included several passages to orientate the students to the influence of the related academic subjects.
Passage Fifteen:Information Science in Context
Passage Sixteen:Computer Science
Passage Eighteen:The Dynamics of Marketing for Information
Part Six New trends and new challenges
Main points:New trends in society pose new challenges to information management. As a result of the fast development of information and communication technology, there have come up new trends in people’s work, and way of life. The internet has brought about e-banking, e-business, e-government, and conveys virtual reality to more places; the whole world is getting digital; more and more people prefer to work at home. All these pose great challenges as how to manage information.
Passage Nineteen: Story of the Internet
Passage Twenty-one: The Intranet
Passage Twenty-three: eGovernment Conference—from Policy to Practice