Theory and method of Library and Information Science

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Course code E120500C2201

Course titleTheory and method of Library and Information Science

Ⅰ. Scheduled total credits 36 experiments:   0   credits   credits  2    term

Teaching methodPPT/Case study      

Assessment methodEssay Report  

Ⅱ.Compatible MajorLibrary, Information and Archive Management Science

Ⅲ.Prerequisite course: Foundation of Library Science; Foundation of Information Science


This course mainly focuses on the latest development in theories and methods of library and information science at home and abroad, enabling graduate students to master basic theories and methods of library and information science comprehensively and systematically and lay a solid foundation for the study and practice of library and information science.

Ⅴ.Content of the Syllabus and the Scheduled Study Hours:

Chapter 1 Related concepts of  library and information science         2 credits hours

1.1 Analysis of the basic concepts

1.2 Information science and library science, informatics

1.3 Relationship of library and information science and other disciplines

Chapter 2 Principles of library and information science                 (2 credits hours)

2.1 Similar principle

2.2 Dissipative structure principle

2.3 Matthew effect

2.4 The principle of least effort

2.5 Random process principle

Chapter 3 Summary of Library and Information Studies                (4 credits hours)

3.1 Library information research methods

3.2 Mathematical foundation of library and information science

3.3 Library and Information research technology

3.4 Conveyance of library information research results

3.5 Evaluation of library information research results

Chapter 4  Thinking methods of library and information research       (2 credits hours)

4.1 Comparison and classification

4.2 Induction and deduction

4.3 Analysis and synthesis

4.4 Imagination and analogy

Chapter 5 Bibliometric methods                                     (2 credits hours)

5. 1 Overview and characteristics

5.2 Principles and development

5.3 Cases analysis

Chapter 6 Expert investigation method                           (2 credits hours)

6.1 Expert personal investigation method

6.2 Expert meeting investigation method

6. 3 Delphi method

6. 4 Cross-impact method

Chapter 7 Content Analysis Method                              (4 credits hours)

7.1 The concept of content analysis

7.2 Applications of content analysis

7.3 Subject frequency Analysis

7.4 Indicator frequency analysis

7.5 Space analysis

Chapter 8 Input-output method                                 (2 credits hours)

8.1 Overview

8.2 Pinciples and classification

8.3 Applied cases

8.4 Application skills

8.5 Input-output model examples and optimization

Chapter 9 Technical and economic analysis                        (2credits hours)

9.1 Fundamental pinciples

9.2 Economic benefit indicators

9.3 Technical evaluation methods

9.4 Cost-benefit analysis

9.5 Feasibility Study

9.6 Value Engineering

Chapter 10 Social network analysis method                       (6 credits hours)

10.1 Overview of social network analysis

10.2 Indicators of social network analysis

10.3 Principles of social network analysis

10.4 Commonly used software of social network analysis : UCiNET, NodeXL, SPSS, CiteSpace

10.5 Cases of social network analysis

10.6 Experiments of social network analysis

Chapter 11 Citation Analysis Method                            (4 credits hours)

11.1 Types of citation analysis

11.2 Steps of citation analysis

11.3 Indicators of citation analysis

11.4 Major tools of citation analysis

11.5 Features and applications of citation analysis

11.6 High cited and zero cited

Chapter 12 Other library and information research methods       (4 credits hours)

12.1 Multivariate analysis

12.2 Trend extrapolation

12.3 Time series method

12.4 Model simulation method

12.5 Optimization method

12.6 Analytic hierarchy process

Ⅵ. Teaching materials and references:

1. Wang Chongde. Introduction of Information Science. Tianjin: Tianjin University Press, 1994

2. Bao Changhuo. Methodology of Intelligence Research. Beijing: Science and Technology Literature Publishing House, 1990

3. Liu Shumin. Competitive intelligence: mining enterprise knowledge resources. Nanjing: Southeast University Press, 2004

4. Wu Weici. Introduction of Library Science (revised version 2). National Library Press, 2008

5. Ye Ying et al. Information Science Fundamentals. Science Press, 2012

Ⅶ. Instructor (Group): Yuan Run

. Outline writer: Yuan Run

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