The International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science was published to widespread acclaim in 1996, and has become the major reference work in the field. This eagerly awaited new edition has been fully revised and updated to take full account of the many and radical changes which have taken place since the Encyclopedia was originally conceived. With nearly 600 entries, written by a global team of over 150 contributors, the subject matter ranges from mobile library services provided by camel and donkey transport to search engines, portals and the World Wide Web.
The new edition retains the successful structure of the first with an alphabetical organization providing the basic framework of a coherent collection of connected entries. Conceptual entries explore and explicate all the major issues, theories and activities in information and library science, such as the economics of information and information management. A wholly new entry on information systems, and enhanced entries on the information professions and the information society, are key features of this new edition. Topical entries deal with more specific subjects, such as collections management and information services for ethnic minorities. New or completely revised entries include a group of entries on information law, and a collection of entries on the Internet and the World Wide Web.
'… for the information professional at all levels, this is a veritable treasure house of fascinating information both retrospective and current. Students too, will find much in its pages to supplement their course material. Its editors deserve our congratulations and gratitiude.' - The Electronic Library
'The Encyclopedia is a timely guide to who needs to know what, why, and what means they use. The result is a useful reference work … for the professional information-worker and interested lay-person alike.' - The British Library
'The excellent index guides the reader through the numerous countries included … a very rich work which we can only recommend librarians who are interested in their profession, particularly in other countries, to read.' - Bulletin des Biblioteques de France