This important reference volume covers developments in almost every aspect of British library and information work during the ten-year period 1991-2000. Some forty contributors, all of whom are experts in their subject, provide a robust overview of their specialities along with extensive further references which act as a starting point for further research. The book provides a comprehensive record of what took place in library and information management during a decade of considerable change and challenges. It is an essential reference resource for librarians and information professionals.
'British Librarianship and Information Work began in 1929, became quinquennial in 1958, and was last published in 1993. This is the first volume to cover a decade and the first to be issued by the new publisher, Ashgate, which has become such a major force in international LIS publishing. They are to be thanked for taking up the challenge of continuing this important and authoritative record of British achievement in the field.' John Feather, CILIP Update, April 2007 'John Bowman and Ashgate are to be congratulated on reviving this essential series and covering not only a momentous decade for libraries from 1991-2000, but producing the 2001-2005 volume so expeditiously… there are many riches in these two volumes and anyone interested in seeing what has been gained and what has changed over the last fifteen yeard would learn much from reading them' . Refer 23(2) Spring/Summer 2007 '…provides a valuable record of what was a remarkably important decade.' Australian Library Journal May 2008 'This is a potential reference source for our own profession and is well worth visiting and using by and for practitioners at all levels.' Reference Reviews, Vol 22, no 1 2008 'At a time of new realism in public affairs, the empiricism, clarity and lack of pretence of BLIWseems to me to provide the perfect antidote to a librarianship literature preoccupied with technology, change, futurology and gloom in equal measure. Long may these volumes, and the profession whose history they record, continue to thrive.' Journal of Librianship and Information Science
Contents: Preface; National libraries, Ian D. McGowan; Libraries and government, J.D. Hendry; From equal opportunities to tackling social exclusion, John Vincent and John Pateman; Public libraries, Ayub Khan and Stella Thebridge; University libraries, Bernard Naylor; Colleges of higher education, Scott Robertson; Government information services and libraries, Peter Griffiths; Learned, professional and independent libraries, Mary Nixon; Library history, Peter Hoare; Rare book librarianship and historical bibliography, David Pearson; Art libraries, Douglas Dodds; Music libraries, Pamela Thompson; News libraries, Richard Nelsson; Map libraries, Robert Parry; Local studies, Ian Jamieson; Archives, Elizabeth Shepherd; British and European Union official publications, Howard Picton and others; Patents, Stephen Adams; The book trade, Keith Sambrook; The impact of the internet on libraries, Phil Bradley; Education and training, Marion Huckle and Margaret Watson; Research, David Nicholas; Cooperation, Frances Hendrix; Publicity and promotion, Linda M. Smith; User education and user studies, Philippa Dolphin; Reference and information services, Bob Duckett; Library management systems, Lucy A. Tedd; Cataloguing, J. H. Bowman; Classification and subject organization and retrieval, Vanda Broughton, Indexing and abstracting, J. H. Bowman; Preservation, Alison Walker. Index.