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Librarianship: An Introduction



Every profession needs an introductory text to its core body of knowledge. This definitive textbook is the most up-to-date introduction to the profession of librarianship for students and new entrants to the profession available. It is also the first to give a complete overview of all aspects of professional librarianship in the 21st century, and to offer authoritative analysis of modern libraries and librarianship. Key areas covered include: • libraries and information services: evolution or revolution? • information resources and services • information organization and access • library and Information users and society • library technologies • library and information management • LIS education and training. Each chapter in this user-friendly text features clear learning aims and objectives and a list of revision questions to test and consolidate knowledge and understanding. Readership: Mapping onto course content for library and information studies in the US, UK and Australasia, this textbook also supports CILIP's Body of Knowledge and provides a single source of introductory explanations of library and information concepts for students. It is also the quintessential primer for new professionals.
PART 1: LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES: EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION? 1. The history of libraries 2. Types of library service and library 3. Library design 4. The future of libraries PART 2: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES 5. Content, Storage and Delivery 6. Library services 7. Collection management and collection development 8. Preservation and digitization PART 3: INFORMATION ORGANIZATION AND ACCESS 9. Classification 10. Cataloguing, bibliographic formats and metadata 11. Subject indexing and vocabulary control 12. Information retrieval PART 4: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION USERS AND SOCIETY 13. The library as a social institution 14. Services to library users 15. Government legislation and policies PART 5: LIBRARY TECHNOLOGIES 16. Fundamentals of computing and the information age 17. Information technology standards: databases, markup and internet 18. Library management systems 19. Digital libraries PART 6: MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING IN LIBRARIES 20. The importance of management in librarianship 21. Core management skills 22. Misssions, planning, projects and partnerships 23. Marketing and libraries PART 7: EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN LIBRARIANSHIP 24. Education in librarianship 25. Research in librarianship 26. Epilogue 27. Glossary 28. Resource list.

Dr G.G. Chowdhury BSc MLISc PhD FCLIP is Senior Lecturer, Dr Paul F. Burton BA MA MPhil PhD Senior Lecturer, David McMenemy BA MSc MCLIP FHEA, Lecturer, and Alan Poulter BA MA MSc MCLIP, Lecturer, at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.

"...the Librarianship book by Chowdhury et al is excellent...It's an incredibly well-rounded introduction to the discipline and is very helpful in providing the broad overview that our students really appreciate as they begin to get to grips with the discipline. I'm now recommending it as the only preferred text when applicants for the course ask about readings before embarking on their studies."

Peter Reid (Robert Gordon University)

"This well produced introduction from the reputable publishing arm of CILIP, written by four experienced and authoritative LIS professionals nicely fills a large gap in the professional literature and will be welcomed by LIS students in particular…All in all, a valuable, timely and well produced book, with good references, glossary and Index. It will prove a boon to both LIS students and practitioners and is to be welcomed as a strong asset to the professional literature."

New Library World

"This volume splendidly achieves its aim of being a useful supporting text for any course teaching librarians and other information professionals."

Australian Library Journal

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