Title and Description Page
Early Employment 1
First job at the University of Illinois. Parallel work in astronomy and the history of science. Derek Price. Initial interest in information science. The impact of computers on information. Belver C. Griffith. The Centre for Primary Communications. Short-termism. Mechanisms of quality control.
Early Work in Information Science 5
Studies on the take-up of results. Pure research versus applied research. The Institute of Information Scientists. Working on the research committee at Aslib. Working for the Library Association. The merger between ISS and the LA. The difference between the FID and the IFLA. Comparative study of communication in science and history. The Royal Society's journal.
Interest in the Computer Revolution 11
The development of online communication. The effects of new technology on the traditional path of publication. The e-print system. The creation of a central index and abstracts. BioMedNet. Donald J. Urquhart. Copyright rules at the Boston Spa. Robert King Merton. Arnold Thackray. Cranfield University. TREK.
Defining Information 18
Bibliometric studies. Scientometrics. Early electronic data-storage systems. The various peaks of information science. Defining information and documentation. Informatics. Defining libraries.