Jutta Haider is an Associate Professor in Information Studies at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. She has published widely on digital cultures' emerging conditions for production, use, and distribution of knowledge and information. This includes work on environmental information and on knowledge institutions, including encyclopaedias, search engines, and the scholarly communication system. Olof Sundin is Professor in Information Studies at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. His work concerns mainly information literacies and practices in various settings. More precisely, he researches the configuration of information in contemporary society, the construction of trustworthiness of public knowledge, and information searching and use.
This is an excellent book that provides a unique perspective on the field of web search studies. Jutta Haider and Olof Sundin place search where it is best placed: in everyday life. Search has become neither the sole activity of finding reliable information on important topics nor just looking up facts or trivia but is used for both purposes interchangeably. This book, which is well-grounded in the literature from different fields, provides an excellent basis for understanding search as an integral part of everyday life. - Dirk Lewandowski, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany This is a marvelously written, beautifully researched volume which explores the centrality of search to our lives. It ranges fluently across a number of fields to produce fresh insights into topics such as the creation of new temporalities and meaning-making in information infrastructures. - Geoffrey Bowker, University of California Irvine, USA Search is probably the most important concept in library and information science and is increasing, as demonstrated in the book, also studied by many other disciplines, including media studies and science studies. The book does a great job by presenting new knowledge of such an interdisciplinary nature. It is well known that there are many perspectives (or 'paradigms') in these fields, and this book advocates that search and search engines should be based in the perspective of everyday life and practice studies, and thereby it represents an important new voice in this extremely important field. - Birger Hjorland, University of Copenhagen, Denmark