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 Its frequency is semiannual (January/June and July/December), and it publishes original and unpublished work relating to the production, registration, preservation, circulation, dissemination and use of information.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

  • Omission and forgetfulness in the history of library services in Argentina

    Romanos, Susana (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    After a brief introduction on memory, omission and subsequent forgetfulness, the question of teaching the history of library services in Argentina from the middle of the last century arises, when it was attempted to implement the Anglo-American model as the only possible and the best, and pre-existing models were ignored: traditional and innovative. Interpretations based on political, social and cultural factors are proposed.
  • Español Professional legacy as institutional heritage: the librarianship work of Hanny Stoecker de Simons in the Biblioteca Pública of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata

    Meclazcke, Julián (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    Hanny Stoecker de Simons was deputy director of the Biblioteca Púbica of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata for three decades (1919-1949) in which this institution was re-founded in all its aspects, services and meanings. From the architecture to the organization of the shelves, her track fades behind in the pomp of official declarations. Her figure is considered here as an object of study, understanding it as an historical demand and necessity. Her status as a female librarian is analyzed from a gender perspective, with a native methodology of the discipline, while her professional development is followed parameters of related biographical studies. It is expected to be able to visualize the impact of Simons in the development of the UNLP Public Library, analyzing her contributions to the organization of the library collection and the regulation of home loans. Her intellectual work is also explored, with the aim of weighing her contribution to the development of the local library science field.
  • The circulation of knowledge and the problem of authorship in the viceregal press. An analysis of the Correo de Comercio, 1810-1811

    Maggio Ramírez, Matías (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-15)
    The Spanish books and newspapers, which circulated in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 19th century were used by the editors of the Buenos Aires press as inputs for content management. The texts published in Spain were read to be transcribed or rewritten, without mentioning the source of origin, in the Buenos Aires late-colonial press. The lack of author mention in the texts led to the ambiguity of believing that the authorship belonged to who was considered the editor of the newspaper. The comparative analysis, carried out thanks to the digitalization of Spanish printed sources by the Digital Newspaper Archive of the National Library of Spain, allowed us to find the correspondence between the sources published in Spain and the Buenos Aires newspaper Correo de Comercio (1810-1811). Texts were found in the newspaper, which for more than a hundred years were attributed to Manuel Belgrano, which had been translated in Spain by French authors such as Veron Duverger de Forbonnais. In the analysis of authorship in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the Hispanic cultural field, it was possible to explain the appropriation of foreign texts, because they sought to favor the circulation of ideas for the promotion of the common good.
  • The National University of Engineering (UNI) through its patents and utility models. Production and network analysis

    Agüero Aguilar, Carlos Enrique (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    The study makes visible the collaboration and production networks of patents and utility models of UNI registered in Espacenet until 2019. The Network Analysis (AR) is applied to measure the degree of collaboration of inventors and organizations, as well as the main lines of technological interest. 104 inventors were identified, the collaboration with 2 organizations and 65 lines of technological interest, observing a considerable increase in the registration of patents for the period 2014–2016, being 88% utility models (Z) and 12% invention patents (A ). Regarding the lines of technological interest, it is observed that what is related to water treatment is the most important. Finally, according to the findings, collaboration with other organizations and inventors outside the UNI should be strengthened.
  • Information literacy in the context of the 21st century university

    Alonso-Arévalo, Julio; Saraiva, Rosa María (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    The content available on the Web and in digital media has fundamentally changed the dynamics of the operation and management of the library's mission, which in turn is leading to a shift in the professional responsibilities and skills of librarians, and the potential for training is appreciated as a major resource at a time when the library's mission and the librarian's role are being questioned. Thus, a librarian, more than a manager of books, videos and digital files, should be considered a key member of his/her community and of the relations with his/her environment, focusing his/her work on advice and learning, on transversal skills, due to his/her experience in the knowledge of methodologies, flows and channels of information; aspects that are of essential value in the new learning and research environment, especially in the higher education environment. The article systematizes the participation of the university library and the librarian as a stakeholder, and trusted partner in the new higher learning ecosystem through the tasks of training, advising and literacy in information skills of students and researchers in their institution.
  • Disinformation and Misinformation, Post-truth and fake news: conceptual precisions, differences, similarities and juxtapositions

    Estrada-Cuzcano, Alonso; Alfaro-Mendives, Karen; Saavedra-Vásquez, Valeria (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    Through the documentary review, based on the qualitative and interpretative approach, the present work intends to recount the main terms currently used in information management: disinformation, misinformation, post-truth and fake news. Terms that demonstrate the relevance that the information obtained through social networks has acquired and that, consequently, generate an informative disorder. This is possible due to the exponential growth of information in an environment subject to the development of information and communication technologies (ICT), where the veracity of it is constantly questioned and as a result its value is lost and it makes the choice of truthful and correct information increasingly difficult. The results allow conceptual clarifications, identify existing relationships of similarity, differences and juxtaposition in each of the terms that have emerged in this context with some examples.
  • Más allá de la mensajería instantánea: WhatsApp como una herramienta de mediación y apoyo en la enseñanza de la Bibliotecología

    Rodríguez Valerio, Daniela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-19)
    Este artículo presenta la experiencia de utilizar la aplicación WhatsApp como una herramienta para promover la comunicación y el aprendizaje en el ámbito universitario, específicamente desde la Escuela de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Se implementó su uso en 7 cursos ofrecidos durante los años 2018 y 2019, obteniéndose resultados satisfactorios a través de una investigación con enfoque cuantitativo y alcance descriptivo que se realizó con 165 estudiantes de diferentes niveles. Se considera un recurso que promueve el aprendizaje móvil y que ofrece ventajas que deben aprovecharse en el ámbito educativo.
  • Interdisciplinary research and societal impact: analysis of social media

    Álvarez Bornstein, Belén; Montesi, Michela (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-16)
    Currently, interdisciplinary research (IR) is considered to have a higher potential for societal impact than monodisciplinary research, as it addresses real world problems from different and more complex perspectives. However, the evidence of a relationship between IR and research impact is scanty. This paper aims to see whether the attention that IR receives on social media is somehow different from monodisciplinary conventional research. For this purpose, we analyze mentions to the Spanish scientific production published between 2012 and 2016 and recorded in Web of Science (WoS) on several social media, including Twitter, blogs, Wikipedia, news, and policy reports, using Articles are grouped into 175 disciplines, according to the WoS classification system, including the Multidisciplinary category, which we take as an approximation to IR. Additionally, blogs citing the scientific literature published on journals of the category Multidisciplinary were compared to those of Internal Medicine and Ecology, in order to study comparatively the authorship and nature of the blogs, and the commenting activity they support. Results show that articles published in the category Multidisciplinary are among the most cited on social media, especially on blogs and news. The analysis of blogs points to a higher implication of actors outside the academic community with research published on journals of the category Multidisciplinary.
  • Repositorios institucionales digitales de acceso abierto: una mirada socio-tecnológica. Estudio de caso del repositorio de la Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos - Argentina

    Andrés, Gonzalo; Cortassa Amadio, Carina; Wursten, Andrés; Legaria, Juan Ignacio (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-14)
    En este artículo se describe y analiza el desarrollo socio-tecnológico del Repositorio Institucional (RI) de la Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (UNER, Argentina) durante el período 2015-2019. El estudio forma parte de un proyecto de investigación más amplio, enfocado en una variedad de estrategias y prácticas institucionales destinadas a promover la comunicación científica y el acceso abierto al conocimiento. Desde la perspectiva de los Estudios Sociales de la Tecnología, se concibe a los RI como dispositivos complejos, en cuyo diseño e implementación se articulan soportes y artefactos técnicos, decisiones institucionales, normativas, hábitos culturales, prácticas de uso, afinidades, intereses y disputas entre grupos sociales. Mediante un abordaje metodológico cualitativo -basado en fuentes documentales, entrevistas en profundidad y grupos focales de discusión- se logró identificar un conjunto de potencialidades y dificultades presentes en la estrategia difusionista adoptada por la UNER en el desarrollo de su repositorio digital. Si bien ello permitió cumplir con los requerimientos legales y tecnológicos externos, el análisis muestra que en el proceso se soslayaron las necesidades, prácticas y hábitos de los diversos tipos de agentes internos involucrados –dimensiones clave para la apropiación grupal y la sostenibilidad socio-técnica de un RI.
  • Revisiting academic writing in Librarianship and Information Science. Formalism versus openness?

    Parada, Alejandro E. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2020-05-12)
    The following editorial analyzes some aspects that have been little addressed about the "accepted forms" by scientific journals in the production of texts. The present article, circumscribed to the subjectivity of personal opinion, is not intended to question the discursive morphologies of academic articles, neither the practices nor the uses of publishing researches. On the contrary, based on the consolidation of these "formalities", the need arises not to adhere exclusively to those expressions of discourse with the aim proposed to recreate academic writing from other angles that have not been considered so far. Therefore, it is suggested the possibility of appealing to other rhetorical and discursive forms not so strongly structured in their wording, which can provide novel approaches to the objects of study of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Homenaje al INIBI en el cincuentenario de su creación (1967-2017)

    Parada, Alejandro E. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    El viernes 6 de septiembre en las instalaciones del Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas (INIBI) se presentó el libro de autoría colectiva Una polémica con historia. El debate Juarroz-Sabor sobre Bibliotecología y Documentación1. La obra constituye una edición especial con motivo de los 50 años del INIBI. Se reproducen las palabras del Secretario Académico del Instituto.
  • Edit and read at the University

    Valinoti, Beatriz C.; Parada, Alejandro E. (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    A History of Reading could be defined as many stories still pending. One of the tasks of the field is to build a history of the academic edition and a history of the books stored in the libraries of universities. But how is that story built? What are the knowledge dissemination strategies of the researchers of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Universidad de Buenos Aires)? What do the libraries of the Institutes keep in their memory? How can we reconstruct the testimony of a (possible) reading in the university using the memory of those Institutions? How can the contents of university libraries be used to understand the culture of publishing and reading? What do the new theoretical perspectives on the explanation of reading contribute to these questions? In this context, the present project, Editar y leer en la Universidad. Una historia de la edición académica de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (UBA) desde la Historia de la Lectura, aims to look for new keys of interpretation to these questions, acknowledging that this is a valuable opportunity to start the path of rethinking concepts and categories, based on the new trends in Reading History.
  • Logical foundations of Web ontologies

    Barber, Elsa E.; Pisano, Silvia; Romagnoli, Sandra; de Pedro, Gabriela; Gregui, Carolina; Blanco, Nancy (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    The article defines the ontologies in the Semantic Web, where they are described as representational artifacts, hierarchical devices constituted by entities and relationships, and are typified according to their degree of generality and functionality. It highlights the basic principles that govern them and good practices to be taken into account at the logical level for their design and implementation in accordance with the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) oriented to support the logical issues of all types of ontologies. It defines the classes that BFO includes, its relationships and main axioms. It emphasizes the impact of the expressiveness of the languages used when designing ontologies in terms of the resolution of formal aspects that influence the ability of these to generate inferences automatically.
  • The archives of evil: A speech without an author? Ildefonso Nalda Nájera in Archiv der KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen

    Rubio Hernández, Alfonso (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    Based on the meaning of “archive” found in the L’archéologie du savoir by Michel Foucault and the interpretations that Giorgio Agamben makes of it in Quel che resta di Auschwitz, we present some considerations on the concept of author that we have called “archives of evil”. We use this expression to nominate documentary sets resulting from situations or regimes enabling of dissimilar scenarios of violence. These archives were mostly originated in the exercise of institutional functions. Today they are part of the funds of the commonly called “historical memory centers”, regulated by the exercise of democratic rights. The biography of Ildefonso Nalda Nájera, who died in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and the Archiv der KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen, that nowadays holds documents and objects related to the Concentration Camp, constitute the model that has guided this article.
  • Information and knowledge and their relation to the quality of library services.

    Vásquez Rizo, Fredy Eduardo; Gabalán Coello, Jesús (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    This article presents an analysis carried out in the library of Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, located in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, about the quality of the services provided and their relation with the current information in the bibliographic collection and its possibility of generating knowledge in the users. For this, a quantitative study was carried out, which allowed to review, based on some closed questions, the behavior of some variables associated with these services based on the expectations of the users, pointing out for the library some aspects of improvement, recognizing its importance as a crucial place for the development of the institution and for answering the requirements and information needs within the framework of the information and knowledge society.
  • The university book in digital format

    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.
  • Learning Commons in university libraries

    González Martínez, Larisa; Jasso Peña, Felipe de Jesús (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    The purpose of this article is to review the literature on the term Learning Commons (LC) for academic libraries, a model that has gone from a purely physical conceptualization (focused on the material transformation of spaces to facilitate collaborative work and comfort), to a more academic and complex approach, which includes even the creation and operation of virtual environments, a librarian profile and work more academically oriented, as well as pedagogical initiatives of various kinds. Thus, a definition of this library scheme is presented according to the latest trends on the subject, listing its most important attributes and, finally, it includes a brief note about the challenges involved in setting up a space like this.
  • Informacionales Freedom, information and the urgency of the development of information skills

    Falcato, Pedro (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-22)
    Based on experiences gathered in user training activities, some relationships between the concept of information linked to communication in society and the action of people on themselves are analized along with the development of informational skills adapted to the possibilities and the challenges of the current world, as a requirement for greater freedom.
  • Plow and literature, work and culture

    Münster, Irene (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-11-14)
    This article explores the establishment of libraries in the Jewish settlements in the provinces of Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Rio Negro and La Pampa, which occurred when the Jews migrating from Eastern Europe started to arrive in Argentina in 1889. The main topics covered are the library’s development as educational and social centers where the settlers found a space to interact after a daylong work on the fields; how these libraries were established, and the support and funding provided. As the children of the first settlers migrated to cities, these libraries and their materials disappeared, resulting in the loss of the archives, which could tell us their stories. Through the settler’s memories we read about the hardships they had to face and the joys they managed to enjoy during the hard period of adaptation to the Argentine soil.
  • Fundamentos lógicos de las ontologías Web

    Universidad de Buenos Aires. Proyecto UBACYT; Barber, Elsa; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Pisano, Silvia; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Romagnoli, Sandra; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires; De Pedro, Gabriela; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Gregui, Carolina; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Blanco, Nancy; Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, INIBI. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2019-09-26)
    El artículo define las ontologías en el ámbito de la Web semántica, donde se las describe como artefactos representacionales, dispositivos jerárquicos constituidos por entidades y relaciones, y se las tipifica de acuerdo con su grado de generalidad y su funcionalidad. Se destacan los principios básicos que las rigen y las buenas prácticas a tener en cuenta a nivel lógico para su diseño e implementación. Presenta las características de la Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) orientada a sustentar las cuestiones lógicas de todo tipo de ontologías, define las clases que incluye, sus relaciones y principales axiomas. Subraya el impacto de la expresividad de los lenguajes utilizados al diseñar ontologías en cuanto a la resolución de los aspectos formales que influyen en la capacidad de éstas para generar inferencias automáticamente.

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