Library and Information Science

Mar 2014 | 256pp

Price: £59.95
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Library and Information Science
A guide to key literature and sources

Michael F. Bemis

This unique annotated bibliography is a complete, up-to-date guide to sources of information on library and information science.
Far from just compiling a simple list of sources, author Michael Bemis digs deeper, examining the strengths and weaknesses of key works and covers recent books, monographs, periodicals and websites, and selected works of historical importance.
A boon to researchers and practitioners alike, this bibliography:
  • Includes coverage of subjects as diverse and vital as the history of librarianship, its development as a profession, the ethics of information science, cataloguing, reference work, and library architecture
  • Encompasses encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, photographic surveys, statistical publications, and numerous electronic sources, all categorized by subject
  • Offers appendixes detailing leading professional organizations and publishers of library and information science literature.  
Readership: LIS scholars, students, and anyone working in the field.

1. Administration and Management 

2. Architecture 
3. Associations 
4. Awards and Recognition 
5. Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir 
6. Careers and Employment 
7. Cataloguing and Classification 
8. Censorship and Intellectual Freedom 
9. Collection Management 
10. Education and Professional Development 
11. Epistemology and Philosophy 
12. Ethics 
13. Funding and Finance 
14. Humour 
15. Information Literacy and Bibliographic Instruction 
16. Information Technology 
17. Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery 
18. International Librarianship 
19. Law 
20. Libraries, General 
21. Libraries, History of 
22. Library Science, General 
23. Library Science, History of 
24. Marketing, Public Relations, and Advocacy 
25. Miscellaneous 
26. Patron Services 
27. Philanthropy 
28. Popular Culture 
29. Programming 
30. Quotations 
31. Reader’s Advisory 
32. Reading Advocacy, Instruction, and Promotion 
33. Reference Work 
34. Research 
35. Serials 
36. Special, Academic, and School Libraries and Librarians 
37. Statistics 
38. Vendors and Suppliers 
39. Writing and Publishing

"‘Descriptive’, ‘informative’ and ‘comprehensive’ are words that could describe the sources in this book by Michael Bemis, but also actually describe the book itself. It is obvious from the start that this is not just a list of resources with the publisher’s blurb being reprinted or restated. Bemis has looked at each title he has reviewed and gives a succinct yet informative statement of each book’s coverage, its strengths and weaknesses...I highly recommend this title to students and fellow librarians alike."
- Australian Library Journal

"This brief bibliography of all things library related is a well laid out and professionally written guide for anyone that needs directing to useful books. It’s uniqueness in attempting to provide a reference for all areas of librarianship makes it almost a definitive guide to the discipline...For anyone interested in finding what has (and what has not) been written about any aspect of our profession, this book is a must read."
- UL Library Science Collection

"Every librarian takes on new responsibilities for which no previous experience is adequate for the unfamiliar task at hand. In these situations what is often needed is a source that gives step-by-step directions with examples, templates, and outlines. Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources addresses this individual need and fills this particular niche in the professional literature."
- Journal of Academic Libraries

"As a research starter on a topic in librarianship, I'd say this will be useful for many, especially beginners and librarians in the field who may not have extensive access to LIS sources. For me, I'd keep it on my shelf to check on things now and then as part of keeping up or for my areas of interest. This is one I am suggesting for librarians to at least look over."
- The Itinerant Librarian Blog

"Michael Bemis’ bibliography, listing nearly 1600 resources relevant to library information science, is an impressive achievement which goes some way to meeting his goal of providing ‘a current annotated bibliography of library science’."
- CILIP Rare Books Newsletter

"What Bemis has succeeded in doing is creating a book that is packed with a lot of interesting and useful information for library and information science faculty and students, as well as for working academic, public and school librarians in various stages of their careers...a useful and worthwhile tool to keep within reach." 
- Reference Reviews

Michael F Bemis has written reference book reviews for American Reference Books Annual, Library Journal, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and other professional publications. He reviews book proposals for Praeger Press and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Materials Reviewing Committee of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).