Mastering Data and Databases for Information Professionals

Apr 2020 | 272pp

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Mastering Data and Databases for Information Professionals
Computing for Information Professionals series

Diane Rasmussen Pennington

This is the first introduction to data and databases written specifically for information professionals and students of library and information science.

This textbook. the first in the Computing for Information Professionals series, provides an appropriately technical introduction to creating, implementing, and working with relational databases. It gives instruction on how to create a relational database, including discussion of concepts including primary keys, indexes, tables, and relationships. Guidance for maintaining data integrity and quality through best practices such as normalization, specialisation, and constraints is also included as well as a discussion of the different ways to obtain the data that is stored in relational databases.

Mastering Data and Databases for Information Professionals also helps readers place databases in a wider context by taking a holistic look at where data exists in library settings, exploring how to determine and communicate database needs prior to implementation, and providing an overview of rapidly growing topics of interest in today’s libraries including unstructured data and linked data.

The book is organised into three sections:

  • Part I. Introduction to databases and data
  • Part II. Structured data and databases
  • Part III. The new generation of data and databases.

Most librarians work with databases in some form every day and this book is tailored specifically to their needs, containing everything they need to know to create, maintain and interface with databases without unnecessary technical detail.

Readership: This will be a key textbook for LIS students and will also be useful for practitioners working in libraries, museums, archives, records management, or within any other organisation that has data to manage.

About the Series

There is a demand for technical skills in the information professions that students and practitioners must meet to be competitive in the current job market from database design to user centred design. The books in this series have been carefully conceived to help learners acquire these skills at a deep enough level for an information science audience but without the excessive technical detail that will overwhelm readers. Each title offers technical expertise that is situated in the context of the information professions.

Example book topics include:

  • Information visualisation techniques
  • User-centred design
  • User experience (UX) research and implementation
  • Information systems design and analysis
  • Development of web-based systems
  • Mobile apps
  • Programming/scripting
  • Data mining
  • Responsive design
  • Open source software.

Students and information professionals in a range of settings will likely find the books useful, including those working in museums, archives, records management, or within any other organisation that has to deal with technology.


1. Introduction
2. The data in your library
3. Understanding your data
4. Communicating your data


5. Structured data and relational databases
6. Creating relational databases
7. Maintaining relational databases
8. Interfacing with relational databases


9. Semi-structured data
10. Unstructured and “big” data
11. Linked data
12. The future of data and databases

Dr Diane Rasmussen Pennington is a Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. She is also Hon Secretary for CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and the Social Media Manager for the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). A former systems librarian, she teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge and library technologies. Her research investigates representation and retrieval of non-text information as well as online health information. She is the editor of Facet's Computing for Information Professionals series.

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