Two false dogmas of information science

Guy A. Marco (Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Rosary College, River Forest, Illinois, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Announces and discusses two false beliefs about information science: that there is a distinct discipline of information science; and that librarians need to study it. Finds several definitions of information science to be defective in the sense of what a definition ought to be. Shows that information science is no more than a gathering of findings from communication, computer science and librarianship ‐ it is not interdisciplinary, since it uses only products of the other fields, not their principles and methods. Concludes that library study requires only a knowledge of computer products that will enhance library service, and that information subjects are a distraction from fundamentals.



Marco, G. (1996), "Two false dogmas of information science", New Library World, Vol. 97 No. 7, pp. 11-14.

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