Two scientific disciplines

The Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw, as the only scientific unit in Poland, conducts research in the area of two scientific disciplines:

- media studies - focuses on the media and multifaceted communication processes;

- information science and Book Studies - it covers the theory and methodology of information activities (gathering, processing and sharing of data, messages, information from various fields of knowledge) and examines a book in all aspects of its functioning, i.e. as a material object and a social tool of culture.

The main scientific goal of WDIB UW is to create a platform on which interdisciplinary activities based on common or similar research fields will be carried out.

This, in effect, will lead to the continuous development of all disciplines represented by the Faculty.

The science of media studies is located in the area of social sciences, where it is influenced by the whole spectrum of other disciplines in this area, such as sociology, philosophy (ethics), psychology, political science, economics, anthropology or law.

On the other hand, one should not forget about the influence of refined? disciplines in the humanities, such as history, linguistics or cultural studies.?

Another significant field? is technical sciences, the role of which grows in direct proportion to the progressive technicisation and computerization of the surrounding world.

Today it is difficult to imagine the subject of "journalism and social communication" without courses devoted to information technologies (it is worth mentioning other scientific disciplines in the area of technical sciences as well: information technology, cybernetics, electronics and electrical engineering, telecommunications and logistics).

Media science can also be discussed in a broader context, such as the area of art, economics or management.

It is clearly visible that media studies now appear as the science of crossroads, the intersection of various theoretical and research perspectives, which are rooted in many established scientific disciplines.

However, the eclecticism of media science is not its burden.

On the contrary; the interdisciplinarity and openness of media studies is an evidence of the maturity of media science, combining various approaches due to? the purpose of research, the usefulness of the created theories, or the functionality of the methodology used.

At Polish universities, research in the field of media science has been conducted since the middle of the last century - by historians, sociologists, economists, political scientists, psychologists and neo-linguists.?

Meanwhile, in the world's largest university centers (American, British, German, French, Danish, Swedish, etc.), research in the field of media studies and subjects devoted to social communication are conducted within separate faculty structures, and researchers have been conducting research for nearly seven decades within their own discipline - media sciences.

In Poland, it has come through merely four years ago.

Meanwhile, the media, including the Internet, are constantly changing, interfering with everyday life and stimulating changes in the modern world.

The research community cannot remain indifferent to observed social metamorphoses and technological mediamorfoses???

The establishing of the first faculty in Poland, focusing the attention of researchers (recruited from many different scientific disciplines) on the essence of widely understood media (from books to social media) is the closure of the unique process of emerging identity of media science in our country.

Information science and book studies belong to the area of humanities.

Both disciplines also benefit from the achievements of other sciences. In the largest part, they correspond with the achievements in the field of social sciences (readership research, reflections on the information society, etc.), but also economic sciences (organization and management of libraries and other institutions connected with books) and exact sciences (computer science, mathematics).

They must also use the achievements of technical sciences, in particular in the context of modern information technologies.

However, the most noteworthy fact is the common research fields (both Book Studies and information science) with media studies: in particular, the issues of books, electronic media, digital media and the ways of using them should be given here as the most important example.

Information science and book studies science are currently facing the shaping of an information society, in which access to constantly growing information resources and the ability to use them largely determine the position, standard of living and success in almost every field.

Of course, this is not a feature specific exclusively to our times, but now the awareness of the value of information has become a common phenomenon, as is the sense of the right of every person to access information and the need to organize this access on the widest possible scale.?

It is estimated that in highly developed countries more than half of adult inhabitants are employed in contemporary institutions related to the creation, organization, processing, and dissemination of information.

Librarians and information specialists belong to a dynamically developing group of professions, which are increasingly often referred to as professionals in the field of information.

The Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw, as the only scientific unit in Poland, conducts research in the area of two scientific disciplines:

- media studies - focuses on the media and multifaceted communication processes;

- information science and Book Studies - it covers the theory and methodology of information activities (gathering, processing and sharing of data, messages, information from various fields of knowledge) and examines a book in all aspects of its functioning, i.e. as a material object and a social tool of culture.

The main scientific goal of WDIB UW is to create a platform on which interdisciplinary activities based on common or similar research fields will be carried out.

This, in effect, will lead to the continuous development of all disciplines represented by the Faculty.

The science of media studies is located in the area of social sciences, where it is influenced by the whole spectrum of other disciplines in this area, such as sociology, philosophy (ethics), psychology, political science, economics, anthropology or law.

On the other hand, one should not forget about the influence of refined? disciplines in the humanities, such as history, linguistics or cultural studies.?

Another significant field? is technical sciences, the role of which grows in direct proportion to the progressive technicisation and computerization of the surrounding world.

Today it is difficult to imagine the subject of "journalism and social communication" without courses devoted to information technologies (it is worth mentioning other scientific disciplines in the area of technical sciences as well: information technology, cybernetics, electronics and electrical engineering, telecommunications and logistics).

Media science can also be discussed in a broader context, such as the area of art, economics or management.

It is clearly visible that media studies now appear as the science of crossroads, the intersection of various theoretical and research perspectives, which are rooted in many established scientific disciplines.

However, the eclecticism of media science is not its burden.

On the contrary; the interdisciplinarity and openness of media studies is an evidence of the maturity of media science, combining various approaches due to? the purpose of research, the usefulness of the created theories, or the functionality of the methodology used.

At Polish universities, research in the field of media science has been conducted since the middle of the last century - by historians, sociologists, economists, political scientists, psychologists and neo-linguists.?

Meanwhile, in the world's largest university centers (American, British, German, French, Danish, Swedish, etc.), research in the field of media studies and subjects devoted to social communication are conducted within separate faculty structures, and researchers have been conducting research for nearly seven decades within their own discipline - media sciences.

In Poland, it has come through merely four years ago.

Meanwhile, the media, including the Internet, are constantly changing, interfering with everyday life and stimulating changes in the modern world.

The research community cannot remain indifferent to observed social metamorphoses and technological mediamorfoses???

The establishing of the first faculty in Poland, focusing the attention of researchers (recruited from many different scientific disciplines) on the essence of widely understood media (from books to social media) is the closure of the unique process of emerging identity of media science in our country.

Information science and book studies belong to the area of humanities.

Both disciplines also benefit from the achievements of other sciences. In the largest part, they correspond with the achievements in the field of social sciences (readership research, reflections on the information society, etc.), but also economic sciences (organization and management of libraries and other institutions connected with books) and exact sciences (computer science, mathematics).

They must also use the achievements of technical sciences, in particular in the context of modern information technologies.

However, the most noteworthy fact is the common research fields (both Book Studies and information science) with media studies: in particular, the issues of books, electronic media, digital media and the ways of using them should be given here as the most important example.

Information science and book studies science are currently facing the shaping of an information society, in which access to constantly growing information resources and the ability to use them largely determine the position, standard of living and success in almost every field.

Of course, this is not a feature specific exclusively to our times, but now the awareness of the value of information has become a common phenomenon, as is the sense of the right of every person to access information and the need to organize this access on the widest possible scale.?

It is estimated that in highly developed countries more than half of adult inhabitants are employed in contemporary institutions related to the creation, organization, processing, and dissemination of information.

Librarians and information specialists belong to a dynamically developing group of professions, which are increasingly often referred to as professionals in the field of information.