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Foundations of Library and Information Science, 4th edition

Dec 2015 | 648pp

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9781783300846
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Foundations of Library and Information Science, 4th edition

Richard E Rubin

The fourth edition of the classic textbook offers a firm foundation of knowledge and guidance for library and information science (LIS) students and professionals alike.

Foundations of Library and Information Science will prepare LIS students and professionals to cope with and effectively manage their many complex responsibilities by:

  • providing an introduction to the LIS field
  • identifying and discussing the current major topics and issues in LIS that will continue to affect the profession for years to come
  • providing librarians and information professionals with an opportunity to refresh their knowledge through a systematic review of the major issues and topics that have changed the field
  • placing LIS in a larger social, political, economic, political and cultural context
  • inviting readers to further explore topics raised in the book.

Responding to the many changes occurring both in the field and in society at large, this text includes comprehensive coverage of:

  • the impact of digital devices and social networking
  • the impact of digital publishing and e-books
  • the evolution of library services including virtual reference, embedded librarianship, digital access and repositories, digital preservation and civic engagement
  • the new efforts to organize knowledge including FRBR, RDF, BIBFRAME, the Semantic Web and the next-generation library catalogue
  • the significance of the digital divide and policy issues related to broadband access and network neutrality
  • legal developments including new interpretations of copyright related to mass digitization of books and scholarly articles
  • the continuing tensions in LIS education between information science and library science
  • new initiatives to integrate libraries, archives, and museums.

Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, this book illuminates the major facets of library and information science for aspiring professionals as well as those already practicing in the field.

Readership: The book will be essential reading for students of information science, information and knowledge management, librarianship, archives and records management worldwide. It will also be of interest to students of other information-related disciplines such as museum studies, publishing, and information systems and practitioners in all of these disciplines.

Forward - Joseph Janes
1. The knowledge infrastructure
2. From past to present: the history and mission of libraries
3. The library as an institution
4. Transforming the library: the Impact and implications of technological change
5. Library and information science: an evolving profession
6. The organization of knowledge
7. Information science: a service perspective
8. Information policy: stakeholders and agendas
9. Intellectual freedom
10. The values and ethics of library and information science

 

"In this fourth edition, Rubin excels at providing everything working library professionals and those desiring to become library professionals need to know. This text could be considered ‘the librarian’s Bible,’ as it is so comprehensive in its coverage of the profession. Rubin’s relaxed and conversational writing style makes it a highly approachable text and a valuable addition to any professional resource collection, library and information science classroom, or personal reference."
- VOYA

Praise for a previous edition:

"This text is an exemplary introduction for students entering the profession, a handbook for continuing professional development, a research tool for those pursuing topics and issues further, and a key resource placing library and information science developments in context. It will be sought after and well used library and information science students and others." 
- Australian Library Journal

"This is a well-written and comprehensive book, which has much to offer aspiring LIS professionals and those already practicing in the field ... Rubin has done an excellent job in updating the book and highlighting the challenges which the 'digital information age' presents to LIS. The book deserves to be read widely."
- International Journal of Information Management

"This edition has been reorganized, revised, and updated to reflect the current state of the field, including new information on the internet, blogs, wikis, and social networks, as well as electronic publishing like e-books and digital libraries and the development of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records." 
- SciTech Book News

"This is a valuable textbook for introductory library and information science courses ... The index enables the practicing librarian to use this work as a resource for additional and updated information on aspects of librarianship in a manner that suits the novice."
- ARBA Online

"A top-notch curriculum or self-study aid for anyone interested in any of a wide variety of information science professions, Foundations of Library and Information Science is especially recommended for college library collections."
- Midwest Book Review

Richard E. Rubin served as Director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio from 1999–2010, and subsequently became Associate Provost for Extended (Online) Education at KSU until his retirement in 2013.. Dr Rubin is the author of numerous publications.

Editorial Advisory Board:

  • Michѐle Cloonan, Dean Emerita and Professor, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College 
  • Emily Knox, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kate Marek, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science Dominican University

1. The knowledge infrastructure

This chapter provides a broad overview and context for the ensuing chapters examining the infrastructure’s characteristics: the devices, networks, processes, and institutions that comprise it. The interrelationship of LAMs (Libraries, Archives and Museums) is also explored. 

2. From past to present: the history and mission of libraries

This chapter examines the character of libraries through time with specific emphasis on their many and varied missions. 

3. The library as an institution

This chapter examines contemporary libraries, their types (public, academic, schools and special), their functions, and some of the major organizational issues and challenges that they face. 

4. Transforming the library: the Impact and implications of technological change

This chapter deals with one of the biggest areas of change in our field. The chapter addresses topic through both a historical and current lens. Special attention is paid to the growth of digital content and its impact on library services. 

5. Library and information science: an evolving profession

This chapter reviews the evolution and development of the profession. The contemporary American library and information professional is a product of more than a hundred years of growth and change. The current role of LIS professionals and the professional tensions that they experience are best understood when placed in the context of the historical development of library and information science education and the profession. Current issues are also addressed including the nature of the LIS labor force, gender and minority representation, and recruitment. 

6. The organization of knowledge

This chapter discusses the organizational systems that make knowledge, in all its myriad forms, available. In spite of the vast quantities of disparate materials, our classification systems, subject headings, thesauri, databases, and powerful catalogs have enabled LIS professionals to offer effective service for many years. The chapter also addresses the impact of the dramatic increases in digital content and the evolution of the traditional catalog to the “Next Generation Catalog”. 

7. Information science: a service perspective

This chapter focuses on the nature of information science as a field of study, calling special attention to those aspects of the discipline that inform the work of LIS professionals.

8. Information policy: stakeholders and agendas

This chapter discusses the more general aspects of information policy and the legal environment in which libraries and other information institutions operate. Government, business, industry, public institutions, LIS professionals, and citizens all are stakeholders in trying to shape how information will be disseminated and who will disseminate it. 

9. Intellectual freedom

This chapter focuses on libraries. Intellectual Freedom is a central value of librarianship and this chapter examines the key policies that affect equitable and open access to knowledge resources. The factors that promote or discourage censorship are addressed. 

10. The values and ethics of library and information science

This chapter examines the many ethical ramifications of working in the field. Ethical principles, codes, and situations are reviewed and the values that undergird our profession are examined.

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