Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105517
Title:
William Stetson Merrill and Bricolage for Information Studies
Author:
Coleman, Anita Sundaram
Editors:
Bawden, David
Citation:
William Stetson Merrill and Bricolage for Information Studies 2006, 62(4):462-481 Journal of Documentation
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Journal of Documentation
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105517
Submitted date:
2006-09-24
Abstract:
This is a preprint published in Journal of Documentation 62 (4): 462-481. Purpose: This paper examines William Stetson Merrill, the compiler of A Code for Classifiers and a Newberry Library employee (1889-1930) in an attempt to glean lessons for modern information studies from an early librarianâ s career. Methodology/Approach: Merrillâ s career at the Newberry Library and three editions of the Code are examined using historical, bibliographic, and conceptual methods. Primary and secondary sources in archives and libraries are reviewed to provide insight into Merrillâ s life at the Newberry and his attempts to develop or modify tools to solve the knowledge organization problems he faced. The concept of bricolage, developed by Levi-Strauss to explain modalities of thinking, is applied to Merrillâ s career. Excerpts from his works and reminisces are used to explain Merrill as a bricoleur and highlight the characteristics of bricolage. Research Implications and Limitations: Findings show that Merrill worked collaboratively to collocate and integrate a variety of ideas from a diverse group of librarians such as Cutter, Pettee, Poole, Kelley, Rudolph, and Fellows. Bliss and Ranganathan were aware of the Code but the extent to which they were influenced by it remains to be explored. Although this is an anachronistic evaluation, Merrill serves as an example of the archetypal information scientist who improvises and integrates methods from bibliography, cataloging, classification, and indexing to solve problems of information retrieval and design usable information products and services for human consumption. Originality/Value of Paper: Bricolage offers great potential to information practitioners and researchers today as we continue to try and find user-centered solutions to the problems of digital information organization and services. Paper Type: Research paper
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library Science; Classification; Library Systems; Information Science; Indexing; Cataloging; Knowledge Organization; Library and Information Science Education
Local subject classification:
history of librarianship; knowledge management systems; libraries

Full metadata record

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dc.contributor.authorColeman, Anita Sundaramen_US
dc.contributor.editorBawden, Daviden_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-24T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:26:43Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-09-24en_US
dc.identifier.citationWilliam Stetson Merrill and Bricolage for Information Studies 2006, 62(4):462-481 Journal of Documentationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105517-
dc.description.abstractThis is a preprint published in Journal of Documentation 62 (4): 462-481. Purpose: This paper examines William Stetson Merrill, the compiler of A Code for Classifiers and a Newberry Library employee (1889-1930) in an attempt to glean lessons for modern information studies from an early librarianâ s career. Methodology/Approach: Merrillâ s career at the Newberry Library and three editions of the Code are examined using historical, bibliographic, and conceptual methods. Primary and secondary sources in archives and libraries are reviewed to provide insight into Merrillâ s life at the Newberry and his attempts to develop or modify tools to solve the knowledge organization problems he faced. The concept of bricolage, developed by Levi-Strauss to explain modalities of thinking, is applied to Merrillâ s career. Excerpts from his works and reminisces are used to explain Merrill as a bricoleur and highlight the characteristics of bricolage. Research Implications and Limitations: Findings show that Merrill worked collaboratively to collocate and integrate a variety of ideas from a diverse group of librarians such as Cutter, Pettee, Poole, Kelley, Rudolph, and Fellows. Bliss and Ranganathan were aware of the Code but the extent to which they were influenced by it remains to be explored. Although this is an anachronistic evaluation, Merrill serves as an example of the archetypal information scientist who improvises and integrates methods from bibliography, cataloging, classification, and indexing to solve problems of information retrieval and design usable information products and services for human consumption. Originality/Value of Paper: Bricolage offers great potential to information practitioners and researchers today as we continue to try and find user-centered solutions to the problems of digital information organization and services. Paper Type: Research paperen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.subjectLibrary Scienceen_US
dc.subjectClassificationen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Systemsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectIndexingen_US
dc.subjectCatalogingen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Organizationen_US
dc.subjectLibrary and Information Science Educationen_US
dc.subject.otherhistory of librarianshipen_US
dc.subject.otherknowledge management systemsen_US
dc.subject.otherlibrariesen_US
dc.titleWilliam Stetson Merrill and Bricolage for Information Studiesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Documentationen_US
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