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Information Entrepreneurship: Information Services Based on the Information Lifecycle
by Susan G. Fowler

The finer points of managing information for organizational success is the focus of this volume that addresses the information service continuum from taming information overload to knowledge management. Based on the premise that people are the most important part of the information solution equation, this book provides a step-by-step explanation of the information lifecycle. Information has a lifecycle - it is created, used, stored, retrieved for reuse, and ultimately discarded or archived. Managing information at each step of the cycle ensures that an organization makes full use of its knowledge resources. Examples of information services at each step of the cycle are offered. This model of information management is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of any size organization and provides for future growth.

Building the information infrastructure begins with a thorough assessment of an organization's need. Samples of questionnaires are provided, as are resources for understanding individual and organizational learning styles. Theses tools ensure a customized system that meets the client's unique individual or organizational immediate and future information needs. The implementation of a customized information infrastructure increases any organization's ability to locate and retrieve the right information in the right format at the right time.

Fowler shows that organizations with this type of information infrastructure are in a better position to respond quickly to their environment because the infrastructure facilitates information flow for increased efficiency and productivity. Readers will learn that this level of efficiency pays off in benefits many times its cost.

Fowler, Susan G. Information Entrepreneurship: Information Services Based on the Information Lifecycle. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2004. 116pp.

December 2004 / paper / 116pp.

ISBN 0-8108-5258-6 $25