Specialisation of the department:

  • Library and information science: theory and methodology – information ecology, relevance, information behaviour, electronic communication,  information architecture, digital libraries, information literacy, information society, libraries in society,  theory of information systems, information retrieval, web 2.0, Library 2.0, systems and services in electronic environment, website optimalisation, knowledge organisation, management of information resources, knowledge management, bibliometrics, terminology


Unique methods:

  • standard methods of system analysis, document analysis, bibliographic, content, terminologic and conceptual analysis  of documents, content-analysis of massmedia programs and external information resources, bibliometric methods
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods of information behaviour of social actors in information environment and of information resources, services and systems in electronic environment
  • original application of cognitive and social methods in the area of information processing and information use, phenomenographical analysis
  • visualisation and conceptual mapping of data related to information relevance
  • questionnaire research, interviews, discourse analysis, conceptual modelling
  • system analysis, document analysis, bibliometric analysis, semiotic methods


Most notable results:

  • Developing the concept of information ecology in information science
  • New paradigm of information science (cognitive foundation, social collaboration, scientific collaboration, new methods of knowledge organisation in electronic environment)
  • New models of relevance 2.0 (conceptual maps) and information use in information society
  • New models of information use in scientific collaboration
  • Identification of information behaviour styles of library users  (pragmatic style, analytical style)
  • Monographs focused on information behaviour, information society, information systems, information retrieval
  • New methodologies of information system management, new methodologies of knowledge organisation
  • New models of information behaviour and of evaluation of web service quality
  • Terminological and explanatory dictionaries
  • Models of digital libraries
  • New methodology of research in information science
  • Development of methods of document information processing and formation
  • Development and application of standards in the area of document and information processing
  • New typology and methodology of creation and management of information systems
  • New methodology of information retrieval and knowledge organisation
  • New models of knowledge management and integration


Areas of application:

  • Information systems, products, services
  • Digital libraries and information systems - interoperability and conception aspects
  • Information infrastructure of scientific production and collaboration
  • Websites, information architecture - creation and evaluation
  • Information literacy - analysis, conceptions, recommendations, education of seniors
  • New services of libraries and information institutions
  • Interactive interface of information systems
  • New models of library and information science study programs