The authors present a multi level theory of Information Worlds to investigate the ways in which information creates the social worlds of people Building upon the foundational works of Library and Information Studies LIS scholar and theorist Elfreda Chatman and philosopher Jurgen Habermas, as well as from theory and research from a wide range of other fields, the theory of information worlds can serve as a theoretical driver both in LIS studies and across other disciplines that study information issues, enriching and expanding our understanding of the multi layered role of information in societyTesting their theory through application to a variety of real world issues, Burnett and Jaeger tackle the topics of libraries and information provision, the value assigned to information by differing social groups, information access and exchange, international information policies, the role of information in democracy, and technological change Information Worlds provides a framework for empirical investigations into the fascinating and very real social dimensions of information First, the title here on Goodreads seems to be wrong, and someone needs to fix that Even if you just enlarge the cover, you ll see that the title is Information Worlds Social Context, Technology, and Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet I think I d have been able to handle the mix around of the subtitle on here if not for the way that an entire word, an important word in the context of the title and book, was left out But moving on I am rating this book four stars not because it First, the title here on Goodreads seems to be wrong, and someone needs to fix that Even if you just enlarge the cover, you ll see that the title is Information Worlds Social Context, Technology, and Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet I think I d have been able to handle the mix around of the subtitle on here if not for the way that an entire word, an important word in the context of the title and book, was left out But moving on I am rating this book four stars not because it s a page turner or easy to get through It s a textbook It is dense, information heavy, and if you re not thinking about it you ll go entire chapters wondering if you actually read anything or if you just flipped pages But If you think about what you re reading and apply it to your knowledge of the world or your research if that s why you re reading the book , it becomes very interesting And if you can make it through to Chapter 8 Well, I won t spoil it But I was definitely turning pages then Overall, it was a good textbook and it gave me insight into something I want to research Should a lay person who just wants something to read for fun read it Eh It depends on what type of layperson they are But probably not.