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Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources


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

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).

"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

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