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Library Trends 47 (2) Fall 1998: How Classifications Work: Problems and Challenges in an Electronic Age


Library Trends 47 (2) Fall 1998: How Classifications Work: Problems and Challenges in an Electronic Age. Edited by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star.

Library and information science stands at a historical crossroads. New information tools appear daily and are used in more kinds of settings than before. They are part of not only desktops or kiosks but, increasingly, of living rooms, gyms, cars, banks, and hospitals inter aha. The formal tools of classification construction and evaluation, and decades of experience and research in working with client populations, give us a unique suite of tools for understanding this phenomenon. As the sleeping beauty of library and information science, classification, wakes up in this new world, there is a unique opportunity for her to build bridges across its rivers and canyons.

The preparation of this special issue was supported in part by NSF Grant 9514744, from Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (formerly Ethics and Values Studies), and NSF/ARPA/NASA NSF 93-141 DLI. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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