Vocabularies in library and information science

A 1999 article by Michael Buckland on vocabulary as a central concept in library and information science.

Vocabulary problems are central to the economics of digital libraries because unfamiliar vocabulary reduces search effectiveness. Issues of identity are central to Library and Information Science because of the indexical role of vocabulary. Vocabulary is a central component in digital libraries. Problems inherent in vocabulary help explain the nature and history of conceptions of Library and Information Science. [Vocabulary as a central concept in Information Science]