Introduction to the Library and Information Professions

Introduction to the Library and Information Professions


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Introduction to the Library and Information Professions by Roger C. Greer, Robert J. Grover, Susan G. Fowler

This comprehensive book prepares readers for a changing profession in the library and information field, presenting a holistic approach that examines theories and models and utilizes creative problem-solving strategies.

• Provides a current, detailed, and creative introduction to the library and information profession for students in LIS programs as well as practicing professionals seeking continuing education

• Presents a framework for thinking about the library and information profession through thoughtful models and theories, which place it in the context of general service professions in society

• Builds upon the works of such professional luminaries as Pierce Butler, Verner Clapp, Ralph Shaw, and Jesse Shera to create expanded theories and updated models

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610691574
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Roger C. Greer, MLS, PhD, is dean emeritus of the School of Library and Information Management at University of Southern California, former dean at Syracuse University, and professor emeritus at Emporia State University.

Robert J. Grover, MLS, PhD, was associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at Emporia State University, where he had held the position of dean and professor of the School of Library and Information Management.

Susan G. Fowler, MLS, teaches at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, KS, and remains active in the information consulting business she founded in 1993.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Purpose and Objectives of This Book

Chapter Overview

Why Read This Book?

The Intended Audience

Scope of the Book

The Role of Professionals

The Value of Theory

Theory in the Information Professions Today

Theory and Its Uses in Professional Service

Defining Terms

Information and Communication Professions: Convergence and Divergences

Similarities and Differences among the Information Professions

Characteristics of a Profession

Library Technicians and Library Assistants



Chapter 2: Creation, Diffusion, and Utilization of Knowledge

Chapter Overview


Information and Data


Creation of Knowledge




Change and the Evolution of Professions

A Model for Explaining the Creation, Diffusion, and Utilization of Knowledge

Creating New Knowledge

Diffusion of Knowledge

Public Policy

Role of Professions in the Utilization of Knowledge

Implications for Information Professionals



Chapter 3: The Role of Professionals as Change Agents

The Impact of Change on Society

Categories of Change

The Paradigm Shift in Western Society

The Paradigm Shift in Disciplines and Professions

Paradigm Shift in the Information Professions

Levels of User-Centered Services



Chapter 4: The Science Supporting the Information Professions

Chapter Overview

The Importance of Theory to Professionals

Levels of Theory

Characteristics Common to the Information Professions

The Science of the Information Professions

Policy and Environmental Context



Chapter 5: Information Transfer in the Information Professions

Chapter Overview

Introduction to Information Transfer

A Closer Look at Information Transfer

Information Professions and Information Transfer

A Model for Managing an Information Utility

Community Information Infrastructure



Chapter 6: The Cycle of Professional Service

Chapter Overview

Role of the Professional

The Diagnostic Process

Diagnosing Information Use Behaviors

Theory Base for Diagnosis

Implications for Practitioners

The Environmental Context

Community Analysis

Putting the Information to Work



Chapter 7: The Information Infrastructure

Chapter Overview

Definition of "Information Infrastructure"

A Model for Studying the Information Infrastructure: The Transportation Infrastructure

Elements of the Information Infrastructure

A Model for Analyzing the Information Infrastructure

A Model for the Technology and Information Infrastructure

Role of Information Professionals



Chapter 8: The Processes and Functions of Information Professionals

Chapter Overview

The Importance of Customization

The Processes of Building a Collection of Resources

The Functions of Information Agencies

Levels of Service

Putting It All Together: The Role of the Professional


Chapter 9: The Infrastructure of the Information Professions

Chapter Overview

Characteristics of a Profession


Body of Knowledge

Professional Associations

Literature of the Field

Professional Education


Guidelines for Service

Code of Ethics

Public Recognition

Taxonomy of the Information Professions


Chapter 10: Trends and Issues

Chapter Overview


Information Infrastructure Issues

Issues in Library/Information Education

Recent Studies in LIS Education



Appendix A: Codes of Ethics

Appendix B: Professional Organizations

Appendix C: Professional Journals



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