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 Its frequency is semiannual (January/June and July/December), and it publishes original and unpublished work relating to the production, registration, preservation, circulation, dissemination and use of information.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.

Recent Submissions

  • Biblioclasty in XX and XXI Centuries. Systematized Review

    Flores-Fernández, Cherie; Díaz-Sáez, Nicole; Gutiérrez-Navarrete, Andrea; Henríquez-Fuentes, Fernando; Reyes-Videla, Irene (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    Biblioclasty is the destruction of books and bibliographic material. The objective of this research was to identify the methods and historical contexts of the intentional destruction of books in the 20th and 21st centuries through a systematized literature review. A bibliographic search was conducted in the databases Scopus, Core, Google Scholar, Repositorios Latinoamericanos, Web of Science, Springer, Oxford, Unesco, E-lis, La Referencia, Jstor y Dialnet. 27 documents were selected for analysis, from which two contexts were established in which biblioclasty occurs: Conflict and Non-conflict. In addition, three techniques with which books are destroyed were identified: Burning, Manual Destruction, and Shredding. It is concluded that in the conflict context, the main cause of biblioclasty is censorship because of what the book represents as a means of freedom of expression. In the non-conflict context the destruction is for artistic reasons, vandalism or for health security. The most used method is book burning, related to conflict and security contexts (pandemic). Other methods were used to a lesser extent such as crushing.
  • Who chooses my diet? The automated notification of people in the digital environment

    Vidal-Sepúlveda, Martha; Olivares-Rodríguez, Cristian (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    From the theoretical point of view, this work analyzes how technology configures the new digital environment, as a space of information flow that gives meaning to our relationship with the world and; the development of our digital identity as subjects in development that mean in the digital experience. In this context, search engines, as cultural software, offer a personalized information diet, providing answers to queries by means of biased results, elaborated from the behavior patterns of the subjects, demystifying the global access to information.
  • Study of the internationalization of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata from the scientific production perspective. Collaboration and scientific leadership analysis

    Liberatore, Gustavo; Sleimen, Silvia; Vuotto, Andrés; Di Césare, Victoria; Pallotta, Natalia (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    This work presents the results obtained from the internationalization analysis and characterization of Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMDP) scientific activity, from the study of the scientific production published since its creation. The research covers the period 1978-2019 and is centered on the papers published during that time. The secondary sources used were Web of Science Core Collections (Clarivate) and Scopus (Elsevier), from which the records that form the subject of study were recovered. For the analysis of this dimension, indicators such as author collaboration (institutions and countries), collaboration by thematic areas, scientific leadership and publication language were applied. In addition to the results and representations of the proposed indicators, some considerations about the internationalization measurement within upper education institutions are made.
  • Post-pandemic and libraries: what now?

    Parada, Alejandro E. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-06)
    The following editorial analyzes some aspects that may possibly occur in libraries in a post-pandemic setting. Although the bibliography on this subject is already abundant and uncontrollable and, in addition, there is a risk of falling into a prospective librarian that exceeds reality, the Editorial attempts to analyze various topics of professional interest to libraries: the need to adapt to the new times in order to survive, the adequacy of a balance between the remote and the face-to-face, the professionalization of domestic life, the crossroads of these institutions to convert themselves into teaching places, the new alliances of libraries with pedagogical purposes, the importance of reconfiguring the union identity of its professionals, among other issues. Thus, within this context, the post-pandemic constitutes a challenge to consolidate the growth of libraries and to promote new citizenship rights.
  • The iconographic representation on early maps and their catalographic description. The case of the map libraries of national libraries in Ibero-America

    Bentivegna, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    With the purpose of examining the procedures involved in the technical treatment of iconographic images represented on early maps, a qualitative investigation was carried out that analyzed the set of practices and guidelines applied in the map libraries of Ibero-American national libraries for cataloging and systematization of these elements. A structured observation was made on a percentage of records with high iconographic content available in the online catalogs of the study libraries and the data collected was compared with the current cataloging regulations and with the iconological method of Panofsky, from the field of theory and art history. Finally, through a questionnaire, information related to the establishment of policies and procedures manuals prepared by these institutions for the approach of images in old cartography was collected.
  • The curriculum we were able to achieve. The first years of the “Escuela de Archivistas, Bibliotecarios y Técnicos para el servicio de Museos” of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1922 – 1927)

    Silber, Leonardo (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    To understand the foundation in 1922 of the Escuela de Archivistas, Bibliotecarios y Técnicos para el servicio de Museos of the Universidad de Buenos Aires during the tenure of Ricardo Rojas, an exploratory analysis of its first study plan (1923-1927) is carried out. The data was obtained from the School’s programs and critical literature. The results obtained allow us to know the context behind the School’s foundation, the reasons for not imitating the plans of the United State of America or France, and the critics made by the library field. This analysis concludes with a reflection on the need to continue studying this period.
  • Protestant propaganda and printing presses in Barcelona. The colporteur James Graydon and the prints of Antonio Bergnes de las Casas (1835-1840)

    Moreno, Doris; Rueda Ramírez, Pedro (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    Biblical and missionary societies began to distribute Protestant Bibles and texts in Spain on a regular basis in the 1830s, through agents. One of the most important of these agents was James Graydon. He operated in Barcelona, where he published the Nou Testament in Catalan (1836) and the Biblia (1837) in Spanish. Both works were printed at the workshop of Antonio Bergnes de las Casas, in addition to other polemic and apologetic Protestant, which the colporteur distributed throughout the Mediterranean coast. Bergnes’ network of agents and the role played by press advertising were essential for the distribution of these Protestant works. They were met by a notable response from Catholics, in newspapers and in anti-Protestant texts, which deepened the debate on religious freedom and the freedom of worship.
  • Information, cybernetics and biopolitics in the era of globalization

    Marín Agudelo, Sebastián Alejandro (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    This article brings to attention the relationships that are interwoven between information, cybernetics and biopolitics in the current era of globalization and post-humanism, as well as the forms of symbolic representation of these relationships, according to a conception of the world as a system, in which the information now circulates globally, becoming not only an instrument of the markets and capitalism, but also, it determines some textualities, some memory and some discourses on others, thanks to the use of technologies and, especifically, those of the language.
  • Editoriales universitarias y mercado. Tendencias de comercialización en feria

    Mihal, Ivana (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    Este artículo indaga cómo se desenvuelven en el mercado editorial los sellos de universidades nacionales de gestión pública, tomando como eje de análisis la comercialización de libros a través de un stand colectivo de la Red de Editoriales de Universidades Nacionales (REUN) del Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional (CIN) en el marco de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires. El período abarcado es el que se desarrolla entre 2014-2019 inclusive. Para las editoriales este evento significa la posibilidad de encontrarse con un público masivo y concentrado en un tiempo breve. Participar en esta feria anual es una de las oportunidades que se les presenta para difundir y vender los títulos de sus catálogos, dado que la mayoría de ellas, no cuenta con librerías universitarias ni stands propios. Específicamente, se analiza cómo se posicionan entre ellas, cuáles son los libros constitutivos de sus catálogos que orientan las tendencias de compra de quienes asisten a las ferias, a través de una mirada sobre las áreas y géneros, temas y la preponderancia que tienen en las elecciones de los públicos las coediciones y las traducciones.
  • University teaching in the midst of Covid-19. Adaptation and development of a virtual Library Science course

    Rodríguez Valerio, Daniela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2021-05-28)
    This article presents the adaptation process of the course “Bibliographic Research Techniques” to be offered in virtual mode during the first cycle 2020 as a result of the pandemic caused by Covid-19. This is a course for first-year Library and Information Sciences students that is usually offered in person. Firstly, a recognition of the characteristics, context and possibilities of the participating students was made, later the didactic strategies developed by the teacher were designed and evaluated. Successful results are presented that can be kept in the course or even replicated in others in a face-to-face course.
  • Pies de imprenta y colofones falsos: repertorio bibliográfico de impresos fingidos en la Navarra del siglo XVII

    Ruiz Astiz, Javier (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-05)
    Entre las ediciones surgidas de la imprenta áurea encontramos muestras evidentes de textos que trataron de saltarse la legislación existente en la Monarquía Hispánica. Así aparecen impresos falsificados fingiendo haber sido editados en Pamplona, lo que se comprueba no solo por los pies de imprenta y los colofones, sino también gracias a su análisis material. Se estudian estos casos para comprobar el grado de incidencia que tuvieron las ediciones falsas vinculadas al reino de Navarra y así actualizar el panorama bibliográfico local.
  • Dilemmas of Argentine university libraries regarding the access and dissemination of scientific literature

    Fushimi, Marcela; Pené, Mónica; Unzurrunzaga, Carolina; Sanllorenti, Ana María (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-05)
    In this essay we reflect on the role of the university librarian as a disseminating agent and provider of access to scientific information in Argentina. First, we present the problems that arise in the professional practice and generate us dilemmas: The tension between the right of access to information and intellectual property; our imaginary on open access and the way in which we disseminate it into the academic community, facing the rules of the scientific field that researchers must follow to progress in their careers; and the relationship with commercial providers in front of our convictions about the way forward to achieve the democratization of access to scientific knowledge. After the debate on these dilemmas, where we brought to the dialogue our own experiences and those of colleagues, as well as those found in the consulted literature, we discuss some aspects to rethink our role in the academy, putting the focus of attention on our social function.
  • Presence of social networks in Argentine museums of National Management. Significant progress in its implementation (2015-2017)

    Ristol, Marcela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-11-18)
    The Web resources 2.0 favor the communication and make possible, between other aspects, the interaction with the community. The presence of the social networks in the museums is still a challenge for the cultural action. In a previous investigation, of 2015, analyzed the visibility of the social networks in the Argentine museums was analyzed. The main results provided a scarce application of this resource. In this opportunity, in relation to 2017, if significant advances exist in aspects that reconcile its implementation are examined.
  • South American agricultural science journals indexed in SciELO: relationship with agricultural development indicators

    Hinojosa Benavides, Rene Antonio; De La Cruz Marcos, Ruggerths Neil; Espinoza Quispe, Carlos Enrique (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-11-18)
    This article analyzes bibliometric indicators of the journals indexed in SciELO belonging to the area of agricultural sciences for the year 2019 and their relationship with indicators of agricultural development in the region. The bibliometric data were obtained from the official SciELO portal and the agricultural development data were obtained from the World Bank portal. The data were processed using statistical techniques of association by clusters to observe similarities or differences between the indicators by country. The relationships between the indicators were established through analysis of canonical correlations and classification trees. The cluster analysis showed that the countries are grouped according to bibliometric indicators in five clusters where Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia are independent and Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela are grouped in a single cluster. As for agricultural development indicators, there are four clusters with Bolivia and Paraguay located independently, Argentina and Venezuela in one cluster and Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru in another cluster. There was little relationship between bibliometric indicators and agricultural development indicators, with a predominance of moderate inverse relationships with industrialization and agricultural value added (%GDP).
  • The sale catalogues of the Argentine booksellers: Emergence and specialization of an ephemeral advertising medium, 1850-1920

    Murillo Sandoval, Juan David (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-27)
    Book sale catalogues are the main source in the history of the book trade. Its advertising nature allows us to approach the rhythms of the book market, and guides on the strategies used by booksellers to reach their customers. The ephemeral nature of these materials has prevented, however, to know their impact on commercial life or even determine the frequency of their use by booksellers. Based on a database that registers more than 500 catalogues published for the Argentine cultural space between 1850 and 1920, this article analyzes the rise of these materials, reveals their origins and producers, and highlights some of their transformations in along time. The study thus emphasizes the need to recognize bookshop’s sales catalogues as a leading material in the consolidation of a printed culture in Argentina.
  • Scientific concentration and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean at the beginning of the 21st century: A scientometric study

    Santin, Dirce Maria; Caregnato, Sônia Elisa (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-27)
    Latin America and the Caribbean is a wide, diverse and unequal region, even in science and technology. This article analyzes the concentration of scientific inputs and outputs and discusses aspects of inequality in regional science. This is a scientometrics study based on input data and scientific production of the region indexed in the Web of Science and in SciELO Citation Index. Results show that the distribution of science is quite irregular among the different fields and countries, with few nations concentrating most of the investments, human resources, journals, articles and citations. The study concludes that regional science is marked by acute inequality, led by few countries and characterized by low regional integration.
  • Libraries, books and readings through COVID-19

    Blanco, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-27)
    This Editorial analyzes the situation of COVID-19 from a diachronic perspective inthe field of books, libraries and education. The social aspects and the characteristics in which the information in the media occurs are expressed. The library space is seen as a physical and virtual environment and teaching is described in its strategies to adapt to the new environment in the Internet era. In this context, conversation is seen as the common meeting place for enunciation and validation. These scenarios are exposed in a changing reality and allow an almost photographic exhibition to denote what happened in the course of the pandemic from the discipline viewpoint.
  • Authorities's control of proper names: The subject headlines in the Repositorio Institucional Nínive

    Montero O' Farrill, José Luis; Pérez Pérez, Maylén Beatriz; de la Vara Garrido, Niurka; Reyes Hernández, Flor María (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-11-17)
    The large number of proper names used in the indexing process as terms to represent the documents, added to the cases of synonymy, homonymy and variants of the name form in the Repositorio Institucional de Nínive of the Universidad de Moa Dr. Antonio Núñez Jiménez, makes it necessary to control these access points to ensure the coherence of the catalog; and to facilitate access to the documentary collection. In this research, a catalog that provides the authorized access points regarding geographical descriptors is elaborated, applied to computer science and the names of industrial plants. For this, the traditional procedures described in the scientific literature for the creation and management of authorities were used: the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. 2nd edition, 2002 revision and 2003 update [AACR2], Guidelines for Registries of Authority and References [GARR], 2nd edition and Guidelines for Registries of Subject Authorities and their References [GSARE]; as well as lexical reference works. 25 guidelines were established and 389 proper names were standardized. The investigation made it possible to develop a catalog of authorities that favors the retrieval of information in the Repositorio Institucional de Nínive.
  • Proposal for the fusion of scientific disciplines at the university: Strategies from research, teaching and governance

    Serrano, Jorge Caldera (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-11-18)
    A thoughtful analysis is carried out on the relationship between Science and the University from various perspectives: Research, teaching and governance. It is based on a fundamental premise that the hybridization of knowledge, disciplines, areas, and departments is a social and research reality that has not yet developed in the Academy. This delay in being a reflection of society in general and university microsociety in particular, hinders research and updating in grades. Proposals are made for change in the university system at the three levels outlined, in order to adapt it to the changing reality generated by a dynamic society.
  • Management of the inter-library loan service of the Cordoba University Library Agreement (ABUC)

    Chaves, María Luz; Martín, Sandra Gisela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-10-05)
    This work describes the management of interlibrary loans (PI) of the Córdoba University Libraries Agreement. The objectives to determine the level of use of the service, the percentage of documents obtained over the total number of requests made, the application of satisfaction surveys, the use of promotion / dissemination systems, the typology of users who use the service, the type of documents they request, the way libraries receive requests, the shipping methods used and the costs associated with the service were establised. It was also sought to identify the strengths and weaknesses regarding logistics and service management, the level of satisfaction with management software and the level of knowledge regarding IP regulations. A descriptive exploratory study with a quantitative approach was established. The design was cross-sectional framed in a field study whose units of analysis were the librarians in charge of the IP service and the directors of the ABUC member libraries. It was concluded that the greatest strength of the service is in access to other collections, which allows expanding the bibliographic heritage available to users. The major weaknesses of the interlibrary loan service were related to the problems related to the Cor-pib software and the sending and receiving of documents.

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