The Internet and its search engines have revolutionized information retrieval. There is a wide gap between search engines and library and information science, as well as between crucially relevant activities and their associated cultures. This book presents a labor theoretic approach to information retrieval. It explores fundamental concepts of selection power and selection labor, with an emphasis on the construction of information retrieval from labor, choice, and technology. It also discusses the relation between information technology and the research tradition in information and computer science, information retrieval in librarianship and indexing, the link between information retrieval and information society, and the semantics and syntactics for full-text retrieval.
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