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Human Information Retrieval$
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Julian Warner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013444

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013444.001.0001

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Selection Power and Selection Labor

Selection Power and Selection Labor

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Human Information Retrieval

Julian Warner

The MIT Press

Selection power, which refers to one’s ability to make informed choices between objects or representations of objects, is a primary value or goal for information retrieval systems. This chapter describes selection power and selection labor, not only as concepts and activities in themselves but also for the relation between them. It examines the mental labor of memory, recall, and response, as well as the technological forms that absorb the cognitive burden of memory and recall, along with the mental labor involved in their construction and searching. It also looks at analogous concepts in partly separate scholarly discourses that support the value of selection power, such as librarianship, indexing, and cybernetics.

Keywords:   selection power, selection labor, information retrieval, mental labor, memory, recall, response, librarianship, indexing, cybernetics

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