This important reference volume covers developments in aspects of British library and information work during the five year period 2001-2005. Over forty contributors, all of whom are experts in their subject, provide an overview of their field along with extensive further references which act as a starting point for further research. The book provides a comprehensive record of library and information management during the past five years and will be essential reading for all scholars, library professionals and students.
'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 'A feature of the volume is the impressively detailed index covering 35 double-columned pages. A both a "state-of-the-art" read and a reference resource, this is a "must have" for library managers and committed professionals' Library and Information Update, October 2007 'There is no question of the authority of each of the contributors and even the sectors that I have never worked in, nor had much dealing with, presented a fascinating insight into the issues pertinent therein. The book is confidently and ably edited by J.H. Bowman of University College London (UCL).' New Library World, Vol 108, 2007 '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