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This is the second part of a two-part work that looks into scientific and technological information (STI) services. The first part (1) focuses on their history and development in Australia. In this second part, the services are examined through the lens of an information management disciplinary framework. An objective is to discuss the extent to which information management may be regarded as a discipline, and then to consider how present understanding of information management has been informed through the development of STI services. Case studies of the administration of STI services in the areas of earth sciences, engineering, health, natural resources, transport, and nuclear science are used to support the analysis. A rationale for the choice of these cases is given in Part I. A major factor in the characterisation of a profession is the body of knowledge to which it subscribes. Although this may be relatively coherent in fields of scientific endeavour, in the social sciences the body of knowledge may be drawn from disparate subjects and the practitioners are less likely to come from the same educational background. This seems very much the case with information professionals. Their professional training, even when focused on information, may come from streams as diverse as journalism, public administration, librarianship, recordkeeping, communication, information systems, or organisational research.