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Subject/Keyword
Humanities Computing
Information Age
Internet
Social Networking
Foucault
Information Literacy
Library and Information Studies
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Keenan, Andrew
Supervisor and department
Julien, Heidi (Library and Information Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Given, Lisa (Library and Information Studies)
Ruecker, Stan (Humanities Computing)
Department
School of Library and Information Studies and Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-12-11T15:47:20Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Masters of Library and Information Studies & Masters of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis examines the discourse of the information age and its influence on information literacy and social networking websites. The information age proposes that society has been dramatically changed by the recent advancements of information and information technology. The information age is a ubiquitous concept, manifesting specifically in two areas: library and information studies (LIS) and social networking websites. Information literacy, the American Library Association’s education strategy for the information age, empowers library patrons with information skills to participate in the emerging era. Social networking websites (Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter) represent information- based businesses like those predicted by information age theorists. This thesis concludes that the arrival of the information age is impossible to discern, but the influence of information and information technology is significant.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3RS6W
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License granted by Andrew Keenan (akeenan@ualberta.ca) on 2009-12-09T23:38:11Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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