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Diener, R. A. V. 1992, "Strategic, analytic and operational domains of information management", Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science, vol. 19(1), pp. 18-19.

Information Management involves strategic, analytic, and operational activities according to this information management consultant.  Strategic activities involve the development of policies that translate the principles that govern the actions of a particular organisation into effective information management.  Analytic activities assess aspects of the existing information environment or the potentialities of certain possible changes to that environment.  Operational activities relate to the design and maintenance of information systems.  Each of these three types of activities can influence, and be influenced by, the others.  An older article than the others, but quick and easy to read and still of great relevance to the nature of the profession today.

Informatics Computer School 2001, Information Management, URL: (March 28, 2002).

The introductory chapter of a book produced by the Informatics Computer School based in the USA relates the foundations of the discipline of information management.  It begins with a discussion on the nature of information and how it is used in managerial decision making.  Building from this foundation, it proceeds to outline the role, types, and challenges of information systems.  The chapter concludes with instructions on how to formulate an information systems plan for a business through an analysis of its information requirements.  This document's well set out, point form structure allows for an easy introduction to information management that provides a firm basis for future, more advanced research.

Rowley, J. & Slack, F. 2000, "The Star Trek phenomenon: towards a typology of curricula in information management", The International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 14(6), pp. 276- 285.

Two UK university academics were inspired to write this article following their 1997 meeting with various library and information management lecturers in South Africa.  Using the "Starship Enterprise" from television's Star Trek as a metaphor, they describe information management as involving three types of people: the information systems professional, the information intermediary, and the end-user.  The needs of each group are evaluated with special regard to suitable reforms in their education to keep up to date with today's fast changing information technologies and information requirements.  Anyone requiring an overview of the duties of information management professionals and their ideal levels and areas of education is advised to read this article.

Van de Braak, P. 2002, Introduction to Information Management, URL: (March 28, 2002).

Research undertaken by iTx Marketing Services and distributed at the 2002 Information Management Expo in the UK is outlined in this short document.  It emphasises the necessity for organisations to assess their information requirements and know how to obtain, store, and effectively use such information to further corporate objectives in the new information economy.  Overviews are provided of relevant technologies (such as scanning and document management) and techniques (such as the use of metadata) to assist in this regard.  A very brief document, but an informed one that will lead those new to this area in the right direction in deciding suitable information policies for their organisations.

Ward, P. L. 2002, "Management and the management of information, knowledge-based and library services 2001", Library Management, vol. 23(3), pp. 135-165.

The editor of this librarianship journal reviews notable literature released in 2001 that relates to information management issues of particular interest to librarians.  Sources covered (both online and offline) range from conference proceedings to journal articles to monographs.  The rise or fall in the popularity of some topics are noted.  This is a lengthy article that provides a detailed bibliography and plenty of analysis on individual items as well as topic trends.  It is sure to provide a useful guide to anyone, but particularly librarians, wishing to know the current status of research and thought in many areas of information management.  Such a literature review is published on a yearly basis so that interested professionals can keep up to date with relevant academic writings.

Anthony Larme 2002
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