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Information and intrigue : from index cards to Dewey decimals to Alger Hiss

Author: Colin B Burke
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014]
Series: History and foundations of information science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An account of Herbert Field's quest for a new way of organizing information and how information systems are produced by ideology as well as technology.

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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Herbert Haviland Field; Noel Haviland Field; Herbert Haviland Field; Noel Haviland Field; Melvil Dewey; Herbert Haviland Field; Noel Haviland Field
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin B Burke
ISBN: 9780262027021 026202702X
OCLC Number: 861323039
Description: xii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Raising a perfectly modern Herbert --
An unexpected library revolution, at an unexpected place, by an unusual young fellow --
The great men at Harvard and Herbert's information "calling" --
Challenging the British "Lion" of science information --
New information ideas in Zurich, not Brooklyn or Paris --
Starting an information revolution and business, the hard way --
Big debts, big gamble, big building, big friends, a special librarian --
Lydia's other adventurous boy, family responsibilities, to America with hat in hand, war --
From information to intrigue, Herbert, WWI, a young Allen Dulles --
Returning to a family in decline, meeting with the liberal establishment --
To the centers of science and political power, and a new information world --
More conflicts between old and new science --
Wistar and the Council's abstracts vs. Field's elegant classification, round 1 --
A Concilium without Herbert Field, Nina and the Rockefeller's great decisions --
A voyage home and the Council's vision for world science vs. the Concilium, round 2 --
The information consequences of "capitalism's disaster" and the shift to applied science information --
The 1930's ideological journey of the Fields and their liberal friends --
Intrigue begins, in Switzerland, England, and Cambridge --
New loves, a family of agents, science information in war, librarians stealing books?, Soviet espionage without cost --
Looking forward to more intrigue, the postwar stories of big science, big information, and more ideology.
Series Title: History and foundations of information science.
Responsibility: Colin B. Burke.

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