[new Open Access journal: L.I.S. CRITIQUE, Vol.1 No.1] First Issue worldwide launching; English TOC; Library & Information Science Critique: Journal of the Sciences of Information Recorded in Documents

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                 First Issue (Vol. 1, No. 1, Jul-Dec 2008)

of the journal: 

Library and Information Science Critique: Journal of the Sciences of
Information Recorded in Documents (LIS CRITIQUE)

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, November 19, 2008 


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A new space for the critique without censorships within the sciences
of information recorded in documents has been born: Library and
Information Science Critique: the Journal of the Sciences of
Information Recorded in Documents, by: Zapopan Martin Muela-Meza

pp. 4-7 

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 |English abstract|

This editorial introduces the reader to the work behind the creation
of the journal Library and Information Science Critique: Journal of
the Sciences of Information Recorded in Documents (LIS Critique). It
argues that LIS Critique comes to be a journal that will challenge
the mainstream LIS communication venues, both from traditional
publishers and Open Access. It describes the aims, the editorial
board, the peer review process and the collaboration of the first




Six theses about the economy of information, by: Enrique
de-la-Garza-Toledo (MEXICO),  

pp. 8-13

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On the problem of why the concepts of the Information Society or the
Knowledge Society--although they do not form a theory--are being
imposed as part of an international consensus of academic and public
policies, and why this has to do, not with their intrinsic truth, but
because those who promote them have sufficient power to impose
meaning on them as accepted concepts.


An introduction to the critical and skeptical thinking in the
sciences of information recorded in documents, by: Zapopan Martin
Muela-Meza (MEXICO),  

pp. 14-40

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An analysis and critique is made of a reduced sample of contemporary
deceptive ideologies within the research of Library and Information
Science, defined as the science of documental information, as well as
within the institutions of documental information, i.e., libraries,
as applied by the professionals of documental information, i.e.,
librarians providing service both theoretically and practically to
users of documental information. The analysis employs terms such as
documental information or information recorded in documents as
conceptualized by Rendón Rojas (2005), and is based on the critical
and skeptical thought of Sagan (1997). Examined are deceits specific
to ideology associated with the dominant Alfa social classes executed
against all the dominated ones--unto the Betas to the
Omegas--communicated through arguments containing logical and
rhetorical fallacies (Bowell and Kemp, 2005). Here they are examined
as possible valid elements for analysis to be researched in LIS. The
following fallacies were found: a) to call on authority; b) of Common
Practice; c) selection from an arbitrary observation; d)
epistemic fallacy. According to the data obtained through the
literature reviewed it could be observed that these fallacies occured
mostly around the following examples of the most representative
ideological and pseudo-scientific deceits: 1) concerning the primacy
of pragmaticism against theory in LIS research; 2) concerning the
impregnation of LIS research with pseudo-science; 3) concerning the
ideologies of the Information Society and/or Knowledge Society
(ISKS); 4) concerning "social capital" and "human capital"; 5)
regarding the commercialization and marketing of the documental
information in the ISKS; 6) regarding "knowledge and information as
generators of material wealth" in the ISKS; 7) regarding the
competition to find the foundation/origin/canon of all the ISKS
ideologies. Intertwined throughout the argumentation of the paper
there is proposed an adoption/integration of a learned epistemology,
scientific and humanistic, as the core of LIS research, education and
training, so that students, faculty and professionals can base their
library research and practice on critical and skeptical thought.

A critical analysis of the copyright and its negative impact on the
Mexican institutions of information recorded in documents, por: José
Antonio Torres-Reyes (MEXICO), 

pp. 41-49

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 |English abstract| 

This paper offers the conclusions of a revision and critical analysis
of the Author Rights Federal Law of Mexico (LFDA), current as of the
year 2003, from the perspective of the implications that this law has
for the ambit of information and documentation services offered by
those institutions specializing in documental information: libraries,
archives and information documentation institutions (IID). It
presents and describes some of the characteristics of the LFDA that
impact negatively on efforts to make optimal use of this information
on that part of Mexican society as represented in this study of IID


An approximation to the critique of the library and information
science management models, by: Tatiana M. Carsen; Marcel Bertolesi;
Veronica Lencinas (ARGENTINA),  

pp. 50-65

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Regarding questions raised during a virtual debate conducted among
the three authors; some points are proposed for a critical
consideration of some concepts regarding current methods and models
of library management involving the library service area (marketing
studies/user satisfaction in library services); also considered:
product development (marketing) and its technical platform (marketing
of products involving user/client relations); the "client" dimension
as a mode of relating with the user; strategic planning and the
management of total quality (the significance of the Toyota
management model).


Information Literacy: project or kimera?, by:: Carmen
Garcia-Colorado; Rosa María Irigoyen-Camacho; Antonia Llorens-Cruset

pp. 66-79

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This paper is a critical analysis of information literacy; we
describe its origin, the diverse connotations of the term and its
economic, ideologic and pedagogic implications. Information literacy
is presented as a way to attain an "information society"; the latter
concept is also analyzed in this work. We reflect on the role that
information literacy is playing on the transformation of the ideas
that librarians have regarding their professional functions.


The Freedom of Information Access: Evaluation of the organization and
contents of the Web pages of the institutions of the Peruvian State, 
by: Rosalia Quiroz (PERU), 

pp. 80-90

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The Investigation evaluates the fulfillment of the Law of
Transparency and Access to Public Information, in a real and
particular situation, on the basis of the organization level and the
contents of the web pages of organizations and Ministries of Peru ,
in addition, search to know the level of participation of
professionals in information, in the organization and the diffusion
of the information. The work was developed taking as example the
Regional Governments since they are decentralized institutions with
democratic representation all over the country. Consequently, it was
investigated the aspects that the Law forces the organizations to
show and incorporate as basic information in its respective Internet
sites as: the organizational charts, the Unique Text of
Administratives Procedures (TUPA), the remunerative level, and the
acquisition of goods and services; therefore, the analysis units were
conformed by the web sites of each one of these organizations.


Strategic view of the library and information science management from
a perspective of the information management, by: Ada de Jesús
de-la-Cantera (CUBA),

 pp. 91-102

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 |English abstract| 

In this article, an analysis of the library and information science
management is made as a component of a Dynamic and Complex System,
which responds to a strategy of inquire from a framework of
interpretation of the Complexity Thinking. The application comprises
a strategic approach and a view to the performance in perspective of
the management of information recorded in documents in a macro social
context. It is explained a series of knowledge products that justify
a new style of non-linear, holistic, and more dynamic thinking with
a search strategy more oriented towards the dynamics. It is proposed
a reflection about the dynamics totality compounded of diverse
aspects of the processes of interaction and information management.


Librarianship in Mexico: a discipline in crisis, by: Jose Angel
Gonzalez-Castillo; Carlos Alberto Martinez-Hernandez (MEXICO),  

pp. 103-110

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|English abstract|

Library Science in Mexico is a discipline at crisis. On one hand, in
the search for integration into the information society its Study
Program changes towards a more administrative and technical model
of education; on the other hand, as our introductory example shows,
the lack of a humanistic education for librarians, is leaving them in
a very unethical position since they do not have what is needed to
understand the political and social relevance of knowledge production
and transmission. A positivist perspective of reality has invaded
classrooms, conferences, publications and research. There is no
critical or theoretical thinking in Mexican librarianship at all
nowadays and this determines an apathetic and passive performance
from librarians, especially in public libraries since these public
spaces are open to the social, economical and political
characteristics of the place they were built on. More over, the
mission of public libraries as social change agents does not
accomplish due to the fact that they are not offering any objective
alternative to mass media standardization of public opinion. And as
TV and media-based democracy spreads throughout the whole country,
librarians seem oblivious to this situation. It is because
of this, that we believe it is necessary for librarians to get a
theoretical and humanistic education while they are in school in
order to be prepared and committed with their social role.


Nicaragua in the scenario of the Freedom of Information Access
Legislation: the role of the National Library and Archive, by: James
Campbell-Jerez (NICARAGUA), 

 pp. 111-120

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 |English abstract|

In Nicaragua, the recent promulgation of the Law of Access to Public
Information (Law No. 621) should call public attention to the
importance of the country's libraries, documentation centers, and
archives. It should also highlight the role played by the National
Library and Archives of Nicaragua (or in any case, the role they
should be playing). This essay provides a brief overview of the
situation of the organization of information before and after
promulgation of this law, highlighting how the legislation left out
the normative capacity regarding the compilation, organization,
preservation and access to information on behalf of the National
Library and Archives. It concludes with a discussion of the
challenges faced by
information professionals in this new era.



Books of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM) through
Google, by: Gonzalo Clemente Lara-Pacheco (MEXICO), 

pp. 121-125

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Within the framework of the agreement signed by UNAM and Google in
2007 to digitize the National University's collection of books, there
needs to be a means of promoting UNAM's Biblioteca Digital
(BiDi-UNAM), which has been digitizing its collection of
bibliographic holdings dating from 1950 to the present. The early
experiences of BiDi-UNAM, the use of its technical resources and
staff, and its policy of open-access e-book production should be
considered as a case study for the new digitization project (the 2007


Book reviews


Book review: Gimeno Perelló, Javier, López López, Pedro, & Morillo
Calero, María Jesús (Eds.) (2007). De volcanes llena: biblioteca y
compromiso social (Of Volcanoes Full: Library and Social
Compromise). Gijón, Asturias, Spain: Ediciones Trea, ISBN:
978-84-9704-317-5. por: Javier Gimeno PerellO (SPAIN), 

 pp. 126-134

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University of Sheffield, England
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