International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science

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This new edition fully revises and updates the 1997 resource, which has established itself as the major reference in the field. Taking full account of the many and radical changes which have taken place since it was originally conceived, the second edition features nearly 600 entries, written by a global team of over 150 experts in the field of information science and librarianship. The articles cover all of the major ideas, theories, activities, and terminology dealing with the organization and management of information, media, and the people and institutions through which information is provided. Readers will find a broad range of topics in this fully revised work, including entries on services for ethnic minorities, information law, information systems, and all of the latest technology.

Entries include: Abstracting and Indexing Services * Acquisitions * American Library Association * Baud Rate * Bibliographic Instruction * Bray, Thomas (1656-1730) * Business Information Service * Censorship * Circulation System * Collection Management * Computer-Assisted Learning in Library and Information Science * Database Management Systems (DBMS) * Dewey Decimal Classification * East Asia * Electronic Journal Archives * Government Publishing * History of Libraries* Information and Communication Technologies * Information Broker * Information Law * Interlibrary Lending * International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) * Liability for Information Provision * Library of Congress * Local Area Network * Lotka, Alfred James (1880-1949) * Marketing of Libraries * Middle East * Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs) * Performance Measurements in Libraries* Privacy * services to Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities * Statistics on Libraries * String Indexing * Telecommunications * User Education * Wide Area Network (WAN) * and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This revised and updated edition of the 1997 original (Professional Media, LJ 9/1/96) concentrates on developments in library and information science since the reference was first conceived in 1991. While some of the almost 600 entries have been retained in their original form, most have been revised by the original authors or by the editors or have been entirely rewritten by new contributors representing a wide cross-section, both geographical and topical, of those currently involved in these disciplines. The articles are arranged alphabetically, with those topics (expanded to 12 from nine) judged by the editors to have had the greatest significance given the most space: communication, economics of information, informatics, information management, information policy, information professions, information society, information systems, information theory, knowledge industries, knowledge management, and organization of knowledge. These 12 essays form a framework that links all the other entries, making this a far more interactive printed work than just another encyclopedia. The detailed index enables one to find things easily, and added bibliographical references lead users to investigate further. Those involved in library science, information science, communication, knowledge organization, and management who own the first edition need to replace it. Those who didn't buy the first time around, get it now! [The editors are both professors of library and information studies at Loughborough University in the UK; Feather is the author of The Information Society and The Wired World.-Ed.]-B. Susan Brown, Pamunkey Regional Lib., Hanover, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
To some librarians, the field of information science always comes second to library science, as in "library and information science." However, the juxtaposition of terms in this work's title sets the tone for a long overdue volume that complements the World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Professional Reading, LJ 2/15/94) by finally allowing information science its say. Editors Feather (co-author of Preservation Management: Policies and Practices in British Libraries, Ashgate, 1996) and Sturges (author of The Quiet Struggle: Libraries and Information for Africa, Cassell Academic, 1990) have arranged their entries alphabetically; topics include the different aspects of library services in defined regions of the world and portraits of luminaries from the profession. The main focus, however, is on information science, offering detailed, signed articles on subjects such as "communication" and "information management." These articles are easily accessible to the less-initiated, with extensive reference and reading lists for those interested in delving further. The essay on communication, for example, begins with an exegesis of the Shannon-Weaver telecommunications theory of 1949 and ends in a discussion on the different types of communication. This excellent primer on the mechanics of information is highly recommended for information science and library school collections.John J. Doherty, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman
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'... for the information professional at all levels, this is a veritable treasure house of fascinating information both retrospective and current. Students too, will find much in its pages to supplement their course material. Its editors deserve our congratulations and gratitiude.' - The Electronic Library

'The Encyclopedia is a timely guide to who needs to know what, why, and what means they use. The result is a useful reference work ... for the professional information-worker and interested lay-person alike.' - The British Library

'The excellent index guides the reader through the numerous countries included ... a very rich work which we can only recommend librarians who are interested in their profession, particularly in other countries, to read.' - Bulletin des Biblioteques de France

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415098601
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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