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Foundations of Library and Information Science

Rubin, Richard

Neal-Schuman Publishers
Published:August 1, 2000

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Description: From 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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:
This is the revised edition of 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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