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 Its frequency is semiannual (January/June and July/December), and it publishes original and unpublished work relating to the production, registration, preservation, circulation, dissemination and use of information.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 Globethics library contains articles of Información, Cultura y Sociedad as of núm. 6(2002) to current.

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  • A A fine stitch: Archives, information, mediation

    Guelfi Campos, José Francisco (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    The reflections presented here are framed within the challenges related to access to archives, based on the premise that access not only involves making the archives available and searchable through technological resources, but also understanding their origin and production context. In this sense, access becomes a process of mediation, which implies a complex negotiation between the expectations of users and the specialized knowledge that archival science can provide. Given that users have very diverse profiles in terms of experience, education, and information needs, archival mediation can only be carried out if the profile of the institutions that safeguard the documentary heritage, the nature of their holdings, and above all, the specificity of archival documents are understood.
  • NeoCartography and geoliteracy: How the representation of cartographic materials in information systems intervenes in the search practices of geography community

    Blanco, Nancy; Indart, Camila; Bentivegna, Nancy; Bedini, Eugenia (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    This research will analyze the adequacy of the representations of cartographic resources included in information retrieval systems to the search and access needs of the community specialized in Geography. Among the proposed objectives are to survey such systems at the public, governmental and national levels; to identify the metadata standards or schemes used and to study the ways of searching, accessing and using these resources. The work methodology to be implemented will be based on a descriptive-exploratory quantitative-qualitative approach to be developed in three phases or work stages. The first phase will be devoted to the analysis of the representations based on the identification of the systems and the subsequent application of evaluation criteria and instruments to carry out the observation. The second phase will include a survey of the selected population to learn how users access the information contained in the cartographic resources, which will be complemented with semi-structured interviews based on a purposive sample of key subjects. In a third stage, the results of phase one and two will be analyzed comparatively in order to identify the relationships between the representations, the existing systems and the expectations and search needs of the users.
  • The scientific production of Uruguay from the Web Of Science (WOS): 40 years of science with international visibility

    Fontans-Álvarez, Exequiel; Aguire-Ligüera, Natalia; Feo Cediel, Yennyfer (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    The scientific production of Uruguay is analyzed diachronically in the period 1980-2019 in order to characterize it in the context of the most productive countries in the region. This is a descriptive and analytical study, where the Red de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología -Iberoamericana e Interamericana- (RICYT), the OECD and the WOS are used as data sources. The results are presented in three blocks. Firstly, Uruguay is located in the regional context through seven macro indicators; In this regard, it can be concluded that, in general, the country performs well in those indicators that are not dependent on relative size. Secondly, 19,679 publications were identified for the 40-year period considered; 60% of the production is concentrated in the last decade, and in the penultimate decade the most cited production. At a global level, Uruguay collaborates more frequently with the region and with Europe, rather than with the US, contrary to what is reported in the literature on Latin American countries. Finally, the thematic specialty of the country’s scientific production was identified: biological sciences and agricultural sciences, which positions Uruguay between the western and bio-environmental models.
  • The Indigenous Pictorial Codices held in the National Library of Mexico

    Rosas Xelhuantzi, Tesiu (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    This work studies five manuscripts from the colonial period that are preserved in the National Library of Mexico. Firstly, it explores the concept of codex and its application in the Mesoamerican context, with the interest of locating the proposed documentary grouping criteria based on the remanence of indigenous record systems. Then comes the presentation of each of the copies that constitute the corpus, which includes a brief historical context as well as a select example of some of its graphic characteristics. Finally, the spatio-temporal location of the copies in the history of Mexican written culture is shown, and it concludes with some thoughts on the corpus addressed and the indigenous scriptural and iconographic manifestations in the colonial period. In this way, the purpose of the article is focused on presenting and describing five manuscripts as members of the corpus of Nahua codices held in the National Library of Mexico.
  • Reading habits of students from Ecuadorian universities

    Suárez Monzón, Noemí; Gutiérrez Gallego, José Antonio; Soto Vázquez, José; Jaraíz Cabanillas, Francisco Javier; Sevilla Vallejo, Santiago; Pérez Parejo, Ramón (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    This work examines the reading habit of 7.094 Ecuadorian university students through an online survey. They are analyzed according to gender, the three geographic areas of Ecuador, the undergraduate/postgraduate distinction, and the areas of knowledge. Differences are compared in hours spent per week, number of books read, frequency of library attendance, types of reading done there, number of books purchased/downloaded, and percentage spent reading in free time compared to other activities in the mentioned categories. The students of Arts and Humanities and those of Health Sciences are the ones with the best reading habit. However, the reading habit of the sample as a whole is low, which is why the preparation of professors is necessary to face this problem.
  • Exploring the “school archive” concept

    Frasson Martendal, Fernanda (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    Historically, the terms “school archive” refer to archives that are derived from an educational entity at middle or high school. However, the scientific literature gives us other examples, in which “school archives” are presented as a broad concept, which can also identify, in certain cases, archives from universities. In this sense, the term is limited for some uses, since educational laws often present levels of education that differ or extend the three mentioned, in different jurisdictions. This article, therefore, seeks to characterize and analyze the concept of “school archive”, considering its multiple epistemological perspectives. Methodologically, it uses Rodgers’ (2000) strategy of concept analysis, which allows the identification of common attributes, history, and consequences of the use of this concept. It has been considered, from the analysis carried out, that the term adheres to certain educational contexts, but from a more limited spectrum, it fails to represent the specificities required for each educational level.
  • The role of libraries in the socio-educational reintegration of adolescents deprived from freedom: Analysis of five libraries of Latin American juvenile detention centers

    Flores-Fernández, Cherie; Civilo-Becerra, Maureen; Avilés Cañón, Pamela; Fernández Schutz, Rodrigo (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-05)
    This research analyzes the role of libraries in the socio-educational reintegration of adolescents deprived from freedom in four Latin American countries: Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. The qualitative methodological approach is used, and semi-structured interviews are applied to the representatives of the selected institutions. Through a content analysis, the role and position of libraries in organizations that work with adolescents deprived from freedom are studied. In addition, the importance of interdisciplinary work is studied and specific roles and functions of libraries for the insertion and social empowerment of young people are disclosed. The promotion of basic social rights is evident in the proposal of activities and services and a difference in the experience that supports each information unit.
  • Editorial

    Blanco, Nancy; Bentivegna, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-08)
    La editorial presenta el número 48 de Información, cultura y sociedad e introduce al lector en un recorrido por los artículos que conforman esta nueva publicación.
  • Construction of global citizenship through rural libraries. A systematization of two experiences in Colombia

    Aguilar-Forero, Nicolás; Salazar, Fernando; Aguilar Forero, Paloma (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-05)
    Although the relationship between libraries and citizenship has been widely studied, there is a gap in the production of knowledge around the link between libraries and global citizenship. The present work contributes to bridge that gap by presenting the results of an investigation that sought to understand how two rural libraries in Colombia, through their reading, writing and orality practices, contribute to the construction of global citizenship. The study was based on a research approach that favors dialogue and the collective construction of knowledge. The results allowed to identify that both libraries build global citizenship by promoting its three fundamental pillars: respect for diversity, solidarity, and a shared sense of humanity.
  • Written Culture in an Art Museum. Objects and practices of the written word in Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez in the mid-twentieth century

    Pedroni, Juan Cruz (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-02)
    This article examines the social uses of writing in a provincial museum of fine arts on the Argentinean area known as Litoral in the mid-twentieth century, based on different contributions from historical studies on written culture. The interrelated study of bibliographic objects, ephemera, exhibited writings, apparatus and autographs allows us to identify and constitute different writing practices and artefacts as an object of analysis. From the study of a particular case, the article characterizes different typologies of writing and analyses their appropriation by a social group. These uses are contextualized in the light of the emergence of differential forms of valuing writing in the graphic media and in the institutional culture of the museum in the mid-twentieth century. The particularities of an art museum allow us to observe from a singular perspective the insistence of imaginaries that link written inscription with the expression of individuality and the preservation of illustrious names in the collective memory. The study also highlights the notion of written heritage, understood as a conceptual device that makes it possible to give a unitary and integral account of the written objects preserved in a museum.
  • Assembling the province. The cartographic works of the Dirección General de Tierras y Geodesia of Buenos Aires province (1913-1981)

    Mazzitelli Mastricchio, Malena (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-02)
    The Dirección General de Tierras y Geodesia of Buenos Aires province is usually thought of as heir of the responsibilities of the Departamento Topográfico created in 1826. It is true that it absorbed part of de duties of the old Departmento, especially in cadastral matters, throughout the 20th century since it was created in 1913 the office was adapting itself to the cartography policy established by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional, and others institutions in the field at international level, such as the Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia. This adaptation implied the use of projections and the homogenization of grids or index maps, which were guiding the mapping in the Buenos Aires territory. Here, we intend to reconstruct the cartographic project of the Dirección General de Tierras y Geodesia, through the reconstruction of its grid, survey’s scales and prioritized areas to study. Likewise, we analyzed the links that the Office established with another institutions. We argue that these networks were essential for the construction of its position in the scientific field, which was necessary to make it the official control body for provincial cartography in 1981.
  • Characterization of the performance levels of informational competence: The case of Universidad José Vasconcelos, México

    Espinoza Colón, Jorge (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2023-06-06)
    In the face of increasingly relative and interdisciplinary knowledge, the development of informational competence has positioned itself as a critical issue in university education. In this context, the objective of the research was to recover the experiences of university professors who teach subjects related to information literacy, to characterize the levels of performance that they evaluate in informational competence and the learning situations that they implement for this purpose. In the study, the conceptual framework of the evaluation of competencies was assumed and a qualitative methodology was deployed through semi-structured interviews applied to seven professors from the Universidad José Vasconcelos, Oaxaca, Mexico. The results indicate that the learning of this competence is conceived as a gradual and dynamic process that can be characterized parting from three levels of performance: low, medium, and high. It is concluded that conditional knowledge is the key indicator to verify the transition through these levels, that is, the way in which students integrate knowledge and skills from strategic and ethical decision-making for the search and use of information, and how this is expressed in the elaboration of argumentative writings.
  • Cultural and Social Intelligence in Library and Information Science

    Blanco, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-11-23)
    In this editorial, we reflect on the aspects and capabilities necessary or required for professionals in Librarianship and Information Science and their relationship with current social demands. The usual technical skills that are typical of technological environments as well as those previously mentioned soft skills are explored among these scenarios, especially the social communication skills that are necessary facing a global citizenship. Finally, the idea of multiple skills is proposed in relation with cultural and emotional intelligence and its close connection with job satisfaction to create inclusive environments in the library.
  • Information competencies in contexts of public secondary education in Montevideo, Uruguay

    Alonso Varela, Lucía; Díaz Costoff, Alicia; Saraiva Cruz, Ignacio (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-11-29)
    This article presents the main results and conclusions of an R&D project that aimed to recognize information skills in first-year students of public high schools in Montevideo, Uruguay, as it is understood that this moment of their educational journey serves as a turning point at the end of the primary cycle and the beginning of their schooling in secondary education. The research used a mainly quantitative methodology, in which a web form was applied with activities linked to the different information competencies expected for students of the aforementioned level and, from said form, the results were studied. The article presents the main results obtained from the activities carried out by the students. As main results, various difficulties of students are evident when determining what their information needs are, designing search strategies and evaluating and selecting information sources. It is concluded that it is necessary to integrate in a more concrete way instances of teaching and learning whose objective is the construction of competencies in information.
  • Readers in the city of Córdoba, Argentina: An approach to reading practices before and during the pandemic

    Maina, Melisa; Angelozzi, Silvina Marcela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-11-30)
    This paper analyzes reading as a cultural practice of the population of the city of Córdoba (Argentina). It is based on the final survey “Cultural activities in Córdoba. The impact of the pandemic” carried out in May 2021 by the research team: “Tramas de la cultura III”. The semi-structured questionnaire consists of three blocks: one concerning the usual cultural activities carried out pre-pandemic, another referring to the period of strict isolation, and a third when certain restrictions were partially lifted. A proportional statistical sampling was used. A total of 400 households were visited and one person over 18 years of age responded in each home. Reading is understood in a broad manner, including literature in general, magazines, and press, without distinction of the support or device in which the practice is carried out. The results obtained show the characterization of readers in the city of Cordoba in terms of gender, age, socioeconomic and educational level, reading preferences, relationship with other cultural activities, and the impact of the pandemic on the practice.
  • Limitaciones en la escritura de artículos de investigación educativa. Estudio con fines didácticos para mejorar la preparación de autores

    Asencio Cabot, Esperanza; Ibarra López, Nilda (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-11-28)
    We present a study about the main limitations that appear in the research articles in the area of ​​Pedagogical Sciences, with the purpose of contributing to support the preparation of the authors in the scientific writing in that branch of knowledge, in the postgraduate training. The study was descriptive in nature, with a qualitative approach, which used documentary analysis as a general method, based on the assessment of reports, opinions, review panels, among other documents, from the review of manuscripts in the corresponding format referred to. to the field of education. As a result of the analysis of the data collected in the selected sample, the main regularities or trends that show the limitations in the writing of the articles were identified and some guidelines or recommendations are needed to improve them. It is considered that the results of the study can be used for didactic purposes, to support the preparation of teachers who research in the area of education, since they will allow focusing on learning actions towards the aspects identified in the study, in which the greatest difficulties were detected.
  • Reference service facing COVID-19 pandemic: A case study

    Grimberg, Daniela; Soria, Monica A.; Colombo, Floriana (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-12-02)
    The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the daily work of all citizens, especially in our libraries, since, after the Social, Preventive, and Mandatory Isolation (ASPO), in a short time, they were forced to adapt their activities so that they could be carried out remotely. In the case described, although a great impact on the operation of the library was expected, according to the statistics after one year, it was noted that, although the transactions had decreased, the usual activities had developed normally and its quality had not diminished thanks to the technological advantage of the institution in general and of the library's reference service in particular.  
  • La retractación de artículos como un problema sistémico

    Torres Vargas, Georgina Araceli (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-12-02)
    El presente trabajo aborda el problema del retiro de artículos científicos desde un enfoque holístico. El crecimiento de la producción científica, también ha generado un incremento en el fenómeno denominado como retractación, este es un tema que se ha discutido desde la óptica particular del plagio y en general como un aspecto que se relaciona con la falta de ética por parte del autor o de los autores. Si bien, muchos de los problemas éticos que surgen en el campo de la investigación son considerados como parte de una mala práctica, no debe perderse de vista que al relacionarse con la propiedad de las ideas y con la forma en que éstas se utilizan, hay un amplio rango de factores que no responden del todo a una mala práctica deliberada. Por ello, se ubica a la retractación dentro del sistema de información científica que tiene por objetivo la producción de conocimiento y que es caracterizado por una diversidad de procesos y actores. Se analiza a la retractación como un fenómeno sistémico.
  • MOOCs and their level of implementation in academic libraries in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and metropolitan area

    Blanco, Nancy; Romagnoli, Sandra; de Pedro, Gabriela L.; Gregui, Carolina; Barber, Elsa E.; Pisano, Silvia Luisa (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-11-29)
     The participation of public and private academic libraries in the Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires and its Área Metropolitana in the use and management of Massive and Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is analyzed. MOOCs1 present opportunities and challenges for libraries, such as participating in the implementation of courses, advising on and resolving issues related to copyright and licenses, providing massive access to information resources and 24/7 remote service for those enrolled in MOOCs. An exploratory methodology was adopted in order to prepare an initial diagnosis. The population consisted of 68 information units. The research instrument was designed to collect data with the purpose of exploring the state of development of the topic in the defined scope. The survey included 31 questions and was answered by 39 libraries. The analysis of the information obtained made it possible to produce an approximate idea of the importance of the topic today and the challenges it poses.
  • Repertorio biográfico de agrupaciones musicales de Rock & Roll, Nueva Ola, Beat y Rock Progresivo en la Argentina (1955-1973)

    Luirette, Carlos Daniel (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2022-12-02)
    La falta de obras de referencia que recopilen los primeros años del movimiento rock-pop en Argentina ha provocado la invisibilidad de gran parte de los músicos y grupos pioneros. La historiografía oficial ha dado escasa importancia a las producciones musicales anteriores a la grabación del tema “La Balsa” por Los Gatos en 1967, lo que motivó que gran parte de esa historia permaneciera oculta. En los últimos años numerosos estudios académicos han abordado esta problemática, dando una nueva mirada a la emergencia de los orígenes y afianzamiento del llamado Rock Nacional. Postulamos que la Bibliotecología mediante sus técnicas de búsqueda y acceso a la información, cumple un papel fundamental en la búsqueda y organización documental para poner luz sobre los inicios difusos del rock en la Argentina. Este proyecto individual (en curso) tiene como objetivo investigar dicho período, y generar un repertorio biográfico sobre el movimiento del rock/pop en la Argentina, recopilando a los solistas y bandas que surgieron entre 1955 y 1973 y que prefiguraron al futuro Rock Nacional.

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