Available in print or as an online subscription, this third edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences reflects the growing convergence among the several disciplines that concern themselves with information and the cultural record. Covered are archives, museum studies, informatics, information systems, knowledge management, records management, document and genre theory, bibliography, and social studies of information, in addition to library and information science. It addresses these related disciplines in a way that demonstrates the unities across the fields while also recognizing their uniquely distinguishing characteristics.
Composed of the contributions of major researchers and practitioners and exploring the cultural institutions of more than 30 countries, this major reference presents hundreds of entries extensively reviewed for accuracy. Containing more than 70 percent new material, this edition also includes classic articles of historical or theoretical importance from prior editions.
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Like the second edition, this latest ELIS is available either in print or online with combined print and online combination packages also offered by publisher CRC Press, part of the Taylor & Francis group. One cannot but be impressed by the breadth of coverage … Presentation of the print version is excellent with a clear typeface in a two column format signposted by boldface subdivisions and helpful abstracts placed at the beginning of articles. … There is simply no other work that comes near it in scale or spread … for librarians and information specialists it must be regarded as the pre-eminent reference source for the profession. Collections serving institutions where library and information science, museum or archive professionals are trained or undertake research will want to acquire ELIS3.
—Tony Chalcraft, in Reference Reviews, VOL 25, No. 1, 2011
Praise for the Previous Edition:
…guided by an editorial advisory board that reads like a who's who in library and information science … outstanding essays by leading experts in the digital library services.
…highly recommended to keep library faculty and staff current … should be bought by every research library.
… a diverse array of timely, useful, and informative essays compiled from a global perspective … indispensable… a unique "archive" of the history of library associations and libraries throughout the world. No other single work features this important information.
—Barbara I. Dewey, Dean of Libraries, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Information Disciplines and Professions
Career Options and Education
Concepts, Theories, Ideas
Theories, Models, and Ideas
Ancillary Cultural Institutions
Systems and Networks
Network and Technology Elements
Literatures, Genres, and Documents
nformation organization tools
Professional Services and Activities
Appraisal and Acquisition of Resources
Institutional Management and Finance
Organization and Description of Resources
People Using Cultural Resources
National Cultural Institutions and Resources