Foundations of Library and Information Science / Edition 2

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Here is the first textbook specifically written to cover the fundamentals of library and information science programs. Designed as a highly current teaching resource, Rubin offers library and information science students and professionals the background and techniques they need to meet today's - and tomorrow's - challenges. Foundations of Library and Information Science begins with a discussion of the practice of librarianship, and moves on to address the place of libraries within the broader perspective of the information superstructure, the development of information science, the growth of information technologies, information policy in libraries, intellectual organization of libraries (from classification systems to databases), the mission of libraries from past to present, and ethical aspects and principles between information providers and clients. The various types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special), their internal functions, and the major organizational issues they face are discussed. This comprehensive text contains an extensive list of selected readings. Appendixes include the Association of Research Libraries Statement on Intellectual Property; Development of the National Information Infrastructure; a bill of rights and responsibilities for electronic learners; major periodicals, indexes, encyclopedias and dictionaries in library and information science; and a listing of associations.
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Editorial Reviews

Sound and thorough. Rubin's book will for now be the textbook for MLIS foundation Victorian travelers once carried their Baedekers, MLIS students will now cart their Rubins.
Journal of Academic Librarianship
[An] important new addition to the library and information science (LIS) education literature.
Library Journal
This is an integrated treatment. Rubin concisely and clearly presents numerous lively topics for discussion.
Library Quarterly
Rubin helps present and future librarians understand the need to respect the past but to prepare for the future.
Reference & User Services Quarterly
Highly recommended both for use in library schools and for professional reading.
Library Journal
In ten substantial chapters, Rubin (Human Resource Management in Libraries: Theory and Practice, Professional Reading, LJ 9/15/91) surveys library and information science, noting its significant components and depicting its contexts. Unlike encyclopedias and dictionaries that comprise the bulk of the available resources dealing comprehensively with the field, this is an integrated treatment, essentially a textbook intended to be read and discussed by library school students and instructors. Like many textbooks, the prose is often dry, and the analysis is sometimes cursory. But Rubin concisely and clearly presents numerous lively topics for discussion--the question of librarianship as a profession, the differences among types of libraries, gender segregation across job types, censorship, etc.--throughout the work's examination of politics and policies, technology, information organization, ethics, and history. (Some topics, such as the Z39.50 standard, might have been more precisely described.) Texts for further reading are enumerated at the end of each chapter as well as in a selection appended to the main text. Additional appendixes include a variety of reprinted documents and lists of academic, print, and electronic resources pertaining to the field. Students and faculty in library and information studies programs will benefit from Rubin's extensive text.--Dean C. Rowan, Whittier P.L., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705183
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 581
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Information Infrastructure: Libraries in Context 1
Ch. 2 Information Science: A Service Perspective 19
Ch. 3 Redefining the Library: The Impacts and Implications of Technological Change 57
Ch. 4 Information Policy: Stakeholders and Agendas 93
Ch. 5 Information Policy as Library Policy: Intellectual Freedom 139
Ch. 6 Information Organization: Issues and Techniques 171
Ch. 7 From Past to Present: The Library's Mission and Its Values 207
Ch. 8 Ethics and Standards: Professional Practices in Library and Information Science 265
Ch. 9 The Library as Institution: An Organizational View 297
Ch. 10 Librarianship: An Evolving Profession 351
Selected Readings 397
App. A Association of Research Libraries Statement on Intellectual Property 419
App. B White House Conference on Library and Information Services Priority Recommendations 425
App. C Principles for the Development of the National Information Infrastructure 433
App. D A Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Electronic Learners 437
App. E Accredited Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies in the U.S. and Canada 443
App. F Major Periodicals, Indexes, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries in Library and Information Science 449
App. G Summary of Major Library and Information Science Associations and List of Additional Associations 457
App. H Overview of Librarianship from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 465
App. I Selected Library and Information Science Listservs and Discussion Groups 473
Index 475
About the Author 495
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