Journal of Documentation: Volume 80 Issue 3


Table of contents - Special Issue: Festschrift for Michael Buckland

Guest Editors: Tim Gorichanaz, Ronald E. Day, Kiersten F. Latham

The identity of information science

Vivien Petras

This paper offers a definition of the core of information science, which encompasses most research in the field. The definition provides a unique identity for information science…


Does a name make a difference? The neo-documentalist movement, where does it stand after 27 years 1996–2023

Niels Windfeld Lund

The purpose of the paper is to analyze how the Neo-documentalist movement, initiated in 1996 by Michael Buckland, Boyd Rayward and Niels Lund, has evolved in its 27 years history…

Documentation to Documentality in the works of Michael Buckland

Ronald E. Day

Michael Buckland's works have spanned theoretical, historical and practice-oriented foci and genre. This article focuses on some of his theoretical-historical works that span over…

The importance of a complementary approach when working with historical documents

Roswitha Skare

The purpose of this study is to show that the neo-documentary – or complimentary – approach in Library and Information Science by no means is conservative, but highly necessary…

The informative potential of bibliographic classification systems – reflections on a discussion in the French Documentation Movement

Joacim Hansson

In this article, the author discusses works from the French Documentation Movement in the 1940s and 1950s with regard to how it formulates bibliographic classification systems as…

The spectrum of semantic and syntactic labour

Julian Warner

The article extends the distinction of semantic from syntactic labour to comprehend all forms of mental labour. It answers a critique from de Fremery and Buckland, which required…

On the traces of documentation: German approach and its pioneers

Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić

The main purpose of the paper is to offer a personal view on the development of documentation/information and documentation (IuD) in Germany, while pointing out the need to…

How do you solve a problem like Michael?

Fidelia Ibekwe

Celebrate Michael Buckland's impressive legacy to LIS by showing his humanity, generosity and versatility.

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