Información, Cultura y Sociedad is a peer-reviwed academic journal that has been published continuously since 1999. Its frequency is semiannual (January/June and July/December), and it publishes original and unpublished work relating to the production, registration, preservation, circulation, dissemination and use of information. Its objective is to offer a space for professionals of librarianship / information science and any other discipline concerned with this problem, to come together in an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and exchange. Although the magazine aims to be primarily a channel of dissemination for research in the Latin American area, is open to the rest of the international community. Its abbreviated title is Inf. Cult. Soc. (en línea) and it should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips. Language: Portuguese, Spanish.


The library contains articles of Información, Cultura y Sociedad as of núm. 6(2002) to current.

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  • Informational behavior on the Internet in students of Information Sciences, University of Holguín

    González Guitián, María Virginia; de Zayas Pérez, María Rosa; Núñez Grillo, María Mercedes; Rodríguez Arias, Kadiuska; González Sánchez, Ana Leonor (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-09)
    The behavior in the search for information on the internet assumed by students of the Information Sciences career at the University of Holguín is analyzed. The research has a quantitative approach, not experimental, applied with a descriptive scope. A survey of nine questions was applied to a sample of 84 students, selected by random non-probabilistic sampling, namely: Type of study and year; ways in which information on the internet is searched and recovered; objectives that it pursues; consulted sources; formats and languages; search engines, platforms, social and academic networks used. It was observed that 60.7% always search alone and 90% never seek the help of a librarian. 67.8% always search academic google, while 60.7% point to Facebook as the social network they always go to and, to a lesser extent, to WhatsApp. Only 42.8% use academic social networks and in the last three years of the degree. Emphasis is placed on the need to offer better teaching orientation, so that students acquire information literacy that allows them to take advantage of academic social networks, as well as adapt study programs and include optional subjects from the first years, which contribute to develop the required skills.
  • Interventions to the materiality of children's edition. The case of the digital manipulation of the Libros del Rincón in the context of a Pandemic

    Ramírez Martinell, Paola; Garone Gravier, Marina (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-09)
    Since the beginning of 2020, parallel to the sanitary confinement by Covid, links have circulated in social networks to download titles belonging to the collection of the Libros del Rincón, which nourish the libraries of Mexican public schools from the basic education level. The aleatory review and descriptive analysis of 100 of these literary works has led us to corroborate that digitalization is not only a process of mechanical conversion from analog to digital, but an operation that involves interpretations, decisions, and material interventions that may alter both the presentation of a work and the construction of its meaning. In addition, the interventions that teachers make when digitalizing literary works broaden the reflections on the notions of literature and children’s edition, and generate spaces to rethink the open access.
  • Una retórica para las bibliotecas obreras. La cultura bibliotecaria socialista en transformación (Argentina, 1908-1920)

    Planas, Javier (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-01)
    Se presenta un estudio sobre la cultura bibliotecaria del socialismo en la Argentinadurante la década de 1910. Dos puntos de análisis estructuran el ensayo: (a) losmensajes transmitidos desde La Vanguardia sobre las bibliotecas en general; (b) losartículos que el mismo periódico publicó sobre la Biblioteca Obrera en particular. Seconstata que la intensidad y la constancia del tema crearon una retórica bibliotecariade tono contestatario, dentro de la cual la Biblioteca Obrera sirvió como ejemplificaciónde las buenas prácticas y del horizonte por alcanzar. Se concluye que esa prédicatransmitió una idea de biblioteca que aglutinó a los militantes de la lectura bajo unamisma perspectiva y los alentó a formar nuevas y mejores experiencias.
  • One hundred years of Librarianship and Information Science at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Reflections on an anniversary

    Parada, Alejandro E. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-01)
    In this editorial, on the occasion of the one-hundred anniversary of the creation of the Librarianship and Information Science Career at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, we reflect on various aspects of the teaching of the profession and its relationship with research. Some of the topics analyzed are the following: the need to abandon traditional Library Science, the incorporation of subjects such as mathematics, intensive computer programming and digital expertise into the curriculum, the discussion of the postgraduate academic training in the profession, the inclusion of anthropological and social studies in our careers, among other issues. Finally, we address the articulation of these new challenges with research as an integrating element to redefine the identity and new delimitation of the discipline.
  • School book selection and circulation policies in nineteenth-century Argentina. A case study (Santa Fe, 1870)

    Baretta, Mónica (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-01)
    This article analyzes the policies aimed at regulating the circulation of school books in a hitherto neglected area: The rural area of the province of Santa Fe (Argentina) around the 1870s. Thus, the aim is to recognize the emergence of policies from certain sectors of the State (provincial and local) aimed at regulating literacy practices in this educational environment. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the Catholic Church in this process, in a renewed context of growing organization of public education and professionalization of the pedagogical task. The focus will also be on the scarce correlation that existed between these policies and effective practices. The still decentralized educational management, added to the instability of teachers and schools typical of the rural area at that time, plus the economic and logistical difficulties were factors that had a significant impact on the way in which school reading actually materialized.
  • Writing history from the absent collection. Notes on the construction of a corpus of the Bolivian anarchism

    Margarucci, Ivanna (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-09)
    During the first half of the 20th century, Bolivian anarchism reached an important and original development. Despite this, its peculiar print culture and absent collection prevented it from first producing and then preserving its documents, which has been decisive for the elaboration of the history, historiography and memory of that movement. Based on these documentary gaps or “silences” that find an explanation in an archival approach situated in a framework of power, in this article we propose to advance in a theoretical and historical definition of these concepts and to reflect on the strategies developed in Bolivian and foreign repositories that allowed us to build a corpus composed of documents (bibliography, hemerography and archival fonds) capable of replenish some of these missing parts. From this exploration, we will try to demonstrate that it is possible to contest and subvert, at least partially, the power in the archives.
  • Constitutional moment in the teaching of Librarianship in Entre Ríos (1926-2015). Socio-cognitive aspects

    Matharan, Gabriel Augusto; Biale, Silvia; Gatti, Verónica ; Castelló, Cristina (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-01)
    This work presents the first results of an ongoing investigation on the historical process of the beginning, location and development of Librarianship and its teaching in the province of Entre Ríos between 1926 and 2015, finding in the Studies of Science, Technology and Society a fertile theoretical plot to account for said process that proposes the concept of constitutional moment and will allow to identify different periods through which the teaching of Librarianship passed through the process of initiation and consolidation. Concept that makes it possible to study how actors, institutions, representations, and fields of knowledge were assembled. Two constitutional moments become evident. The first involved the entry of Librarianship and its teaching in the province through the modality of courses articulated with interests for training in librarianship that had a reduced scope and mainly in private institutions, the second involved careers that offered specific degrees in library science. During these constitutional moments, ties were maintained with Librarianship both at national level (Buenos Aires and Santa Fe) and at international level (USA and Europe), accompanying its vanguard and updating itself on a deferred basis.
  • Active participation in classes. Factors that intervene in the interaction of students in synchronous online clases

    Flores-Fernández, Cherie;  Durán Riquelme, Alex (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-06-09)
    Students participation is vital in the teaching - learning processes, acquiring greater relevance in virtual learning environments. However, in online class experiences it has been shown that there is low interaction during synchronous classes, between students and teacher, and among students themselves. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to identify the factors that intervene in the interaction of the Library Science and Documentation students, of the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, in synchronous online classes. A survey with open and closed questions was used as a data collection instrument, applied to a sample of 103 regular students of the career, from a universe of 155 students. The results showed that the active participation of students in synchronous online classes is affected by factors internal and external to the learner, including personal, motivational and environmental aspects.
  • Information literacy in ​Library and Information Science. A bibliometric analysis in the Latin American context (2001-2020)

    Rivas Villena, Jesús Alberto; Uribe-Tirado, Alejandro; López-Mesa, Evony Katherine; Limaymanta, Cesar H. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article analyzes the scientific production on ALFIN (2001-2020) in the areas of Library and Information Science. All BIC journals were identified from Latindex. Then it was verified whether these journals were contained in the following databases: Web of Science (Core Collection and Scielo Citation Index), Scopus, Lens and Dimensions. The Lens database was chosen for retrieving records on ALFIN and performing the bibliometric analysis, as it has the highest coverage of BIC journals in Latindex. The trend and growth of scientific production were evaluated according to authors and year of publication; the productivity of authors was analyzed using Lotka’s Law and the dispersion of the literature according to Bradford’s Law. The degree, index, and coefficient of collaboration were determined and collaboration networks were identified according to authors. The results show that scientific production on ALFIN in Latin America, reached a peak between 2017 and 2018, presenting a decrease from 2019 onwards. It was also observed that the production, collaboration among authors, and the quantity of journals is predominantly Brazilian.
  • Informational entropy and moral agents. A reading of 1984 by George Orwell from Luciano Floridi’s Ethics of information

    Revolledo-Novoa, Álvaro; Fretel-Gutiérrez, Liliana (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article consists of an interpretation of the novel 1984 by George Orwell from the concepts of Ethics of Information by Luciano Floridi, who argues in favor of the role of the moral agent in relation to his contribution to the growth and strengthening of the informational environment of the Infosphere, but also recognizes that any action that negatively affects the Infosphere as a whole can increase the level of entropy. According to our research, in the informational ecosystem of Oceania society in 1984, the role of the moral agent is relevant, because a responsible and careful attitude about how to use informational objects (Winston’s diary, books, archives, the telescreen, Newspeak, speak-write, etc.), will bring about the prosperity of the informational environment and, therefore, will not cause entropy (the destruction or corruption of informational entities). However, as seen in 1984, the aforementioned informational objects are subjected to manipulation mechanisms that increase entropy, with the sole purpose of controlling the way people act.
  • RDA implementation in Argentina. Implications in organization of information followed by libraries

    Salta, Gerardo (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article describes a research Project belonging to a doctoral degree of Doctorado en Bibliotecología y Ciencia de la Información of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras at Universidad de Buenos Aires. The study deals with the standard Resource Description and Access (RDA) implementation process in the Argentine libraries. The work enumerates a research object and problem, a state of the art, which stress RDA implementation stages and a situation of information organization at different places in the world when emerged RDA. It continues with the statement of the theoretical framework, the objectives, the method and the techniques to be applied in the research. It concludes with the formulation of the hypothesis and the main properties related to the unit of analysis on which the investigation will be developed.
  • Survey of open research data portals and repositories in Argentina

    Indart, Camila; Ríos Hilario, Ana Belén; Rodríguez Bravo, Blanca (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article presents the survey to locate the portals and repositories that contain primary research data in Argentina. For this purpose, directories and repositories records, both for data and publications, the repositories included in the Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales, and those harvested by the Sistema de Información Universitaria del Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional in its SIU-BDU 2 service were consulted. Besides, Google search engine and documentary sources on the subject were used. We found 25 repositories containing data and we analyzed some general their characteristics.
  • Transforming scientific evaluation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. A study from altmetrics

    Calisto-Breiding, Camila; Peña-Pallauta, Paulina; Arellano-Rojas, Paulina (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article presents the meanings that a group of international experts attribute to altmetrics as instruments of scientific evaluation and components of a future Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy in Latin America. A descriptive qualitative methodology is applied and information is collected through semi-structured interviews with researchers from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Spain, and the United States; experts in altmetrics; information metrics and/or information policies. The results show that altmetrics strengthen their value when analyzed together with other indicators, since they do not measure the impact or quality of research on their own, but provide novel and relevant data of rapid accumulation, broad disciplinary scope and diverse origin, promoting the use of new channels of scientific communication. Some of the most useful altmetrics indicators are the mentions to public policies, invention patents, and social platforms of high use in the region, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Mendeley; indicators of linkage with the environment, peer review, and other qualitative criteria are also relevant. It is recommended to integrate quantitative and qualitative criteria into Latin American STI policies, which should also be adjusted to local realities and budgets.
  • Between what was edited and what was read in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Some steps towards a debate of its methodological-theoretical framework, and its documentary sources from the History of Reading

    Parada, Alejandro E.; Valinoti, Beatriz C. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-23)
    This article, developed within the framework of the FILO: CyT (UBA) programming, attempts to generate discussion on the theoretical-methodological foundation of its own object of study. In researching Between what was edited and what was read in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, a number of topics are addressed to reflect on the History of Publishing, the History of Graphic Design and the History of Reading in the same faculty during the period 1896-2019. In this context, the following topics are developed for future discussion, articulated by the History of Written Culture: the construction of an indispensable theory to carry out the project, the variety and diversity of the existing documentary sources in the faculty, and the methodology appropriate for this problem, among other aspects. Finally, it is pointed out the need to search for a conceptual configuration in order to compare it, discuss it and adapt it to other universities in Argentina interested in these cultural studies, highlighting the importance of establishing similar conceptual models to analyze the History of Publishing, Graphic Design and Reading in the university sphere, in academic settings.
  • Analysis of two decades of the editorial catalog of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UBA (1990 y 2010)

    Giunti, Graciela M.; Contardi, Silvia; Ramírez Ibarra, Ivalú (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-12-06)
    Since its foundation in 1896, the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (FFyL-UBA) has committed to publishing books, having built a catalog of nearly 1500 titles throughout its history. The article presents an analysis of this books editorial production from three perspectives: intellectual creation, materiality, and dissemination-circulation, each of which contains different study variables. We used quantitative and interpretative methods and the concrete data allowed us to attempt an answer to the assumptions arising from a general view of the problem. Two decades were analyzed, one from the last century (1990) and another from the 21st century (2010). We concluded that, although the changes in the editorial production of the FFyL-UBA in the two decades have both significant and minor variations in the three perspectives analyzed, they have allowed us to identify some trends and constant behaviors in the organization of its publications. An increase in production from one decade to another was identified. We observed a decrease in mono-authorship, the predominant form of writing in the 1990s, while the number of collaborating authors increased in the 2010s. All Faculty’s disciplines are present on its editorial catalog, although some carry more weight than others. In the two decades the use of more compelling and attractive titles as well as subtitles to guide on the subject is evident. The general and specialized collections in both decades proved to be a consolidated publishing practice as 80% of the production was published within one of them. The preferred medium continues to be the print and in the last decade there has been a clear tendency to standardize the publishing house stamp in the imprint and to give a more attractive graphic presentation. There was a considerable dissemination and circulation of the works while different strategies to disseminate publications were observed.
  • Consortium management of digital content in the BUCOC Network

    Martín, Sandra Gisela; Lago, María Soledad (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-12-03)
    The Network of Catholic Universities and Catholic Orientation of Argentina (UC-OC Network) is presented and within its framework the objectives, services and organizational structure of the BUCOC library network. The Strategic Plan 2021-2022 stands out with its vision, mission and objectives and focuses on the strategic line on the consortium management of digital content. A brief tour is made on the management models of the electronic book: business model, acquisition model and access model and then the different sources of content acquisition, the access modalities and the technologies used are discussed. Problems in the management of digital content are approached from two perspectives: in relation to publishers and from the point of view of libraries, confronting the publishers sales model versus the library purchasing model. Finally, the consortium management model of digital content in the BUCOC Network is presented and the achievements and challenges of cooperative work are highlighted.
  • Normal or post-normal times for Information Science

    Blanco, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-11-04)
    This Editorial is a review of the perspectives that attempt to describe the concepts produced in scientific and technological research in relation to “post-normal science”. These studies have had a great impact in recent years and their approach, in their most notable contributions, assume rethinking the discipline as a producer of knowledge. These transformations are associated with a closer approach of science towards the interests and preferences of its main social actors. Information science, challenged by post-normal science, in the sense that Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz attributed to the latter term, faces situations in which the encounter with information, knowledge, and wisdom are provided in complex contexts, where the conceptual frameworks that structure the librarian’s perspective must co-evolve in order not to remain unchanged.
  • El libro universitario en formato digital

    Zapata-Cárdenas, Maria Isabel; Galvis Ortiz , Carlos Alberto (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    The aim of this work is to identify the new possibilities of contents and technologies of digital books as communication and informational tools of last generation within the ICT. In addition, the position and receptivity of the new formats within the university publishing world in Colombia is evidenced. The process begins with a historical-contextual analysis for the comprehension of the book and the impact of the electronic format, passing through proactive methods to approach real approximations from the characteristics of the contents, typology of devices, specifications and developments for the screen-mediated reading to the hermeneutic reading of the different sources selected for the process: Interviews and conversations with editors, producers, designers and university publishing funds. From the instruments, surveys were designed for 25 editorial groups and 9 unstructured interviews with production companies and an in-depth interview model for university librarians. It is clarified that these instruments are part of a macro research, which also reviewed the role of the electronic book in the Colombian commercial sector, accompanied by 1,500 surveys throughout the country.
  • Perfil del docente en Bibliotecología en tres universidades de Buenos Aires

    Gallardo, Adriana Belén (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-07-17)
    This research was developed due to the absence of publications on the profile of professors in Library Science in Argentina. The goal is not only to have a current picture of the situation of academics at the university, but also to know the characteristics of the new job scenario, as well as to identify problems and opportunities. The analysis was carried out on the teaching population of the three institutions that grant the title of Professor of Librarianship in Argentina: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. As a result, a set of characteristics shared by the teachers of the three universities was noted, which demonstrates the existence of a common profile.
  • Arado y literatura, trabajo y cultura

    Münster, Irene (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    Resumen Este artículo explora el establecimiento de bibliotecas en los asentamientos judíos de las provincias de Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Río Negro y La Pampa, que se produjo cuando los judíos emigraron de Europa oriental en 1889. Los principales temas que se tratan son el desarrollo de las bibliotecas como centros educativos y sociales en los cuales los colonos encontraron un espacio para interactuar después de una larga jornada de trabajo en los campos; cómo se establecieron estas bibliotecas, y el apoyo y los fondos que se les proporcionaron. La migración a las ciudades por parte de los hijos de los primeros pobladores acarreó la desaparición de estas bibliotecas, la reubicación de su material y la desaparición de la mayoría de los archivos que podrían contarnos sus historias. A través de las memorias de los colonos, leemos acerca de las dificultades que tuvieron que enfrentar y las alegrías que lograron disfrutar durante el difícil período de adaptación al suelo argentino.

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