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Every profession needs an introductory text to its core body of knowledge. This definitive textbook is the most up-to-date introduction to the profession of librarianship for students and new entrants to the profession available. It is also the first to give a complete overview of all aspects of professional librarianship in the 21st century, and to offer authoritative analysis of modern libraries and librarianship. Key areas covered include:
libraries and information services: evolution or revolution?
information resources and services
information organization and access
library and Information users and society
library and information management
LIS education and training.
Each chapter in this user-friendly text features clear learning aims and objectives and a list of revision questions to test and consolidate knowledge and understanding.
Readership: Mapping onto course content for library and information studies in the US, UK and Australasia, this textbook also supports CILIP's Body of Knowledge and provides a single source of introductory explanations of library and information concepts for students. It is also the quintessential primer for new professionals.
Table of Contents
PART 1: LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES: EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION? 1. The history of libraries 2. Types of library service and library 3. Library design 4. The future of libraries PART 2: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES 5. Content, Storage and Delivery 6. Library services 7. Collection management and collection development 8. Preservation and digitization PART 3: INFORMATION ORGANIZATION AND ACCESS 9. Classification 10. Cataloguing, bibliographic formats and metadata 11. Subject indexing and vocabulary control 12. Information retrieval PART 4: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION USERS AND SOCIETY 13. The library as a social institution 14. Services to library users 15. Government legislation and policies PART 5: LIBRARY TECHNOLOGIES 16. Fundamentals of computing and the information age 17. Information technology standards: databases, markup and internet 18. Library management systems 19. Digital libraries PART 6: MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING IN LIBRARIES 20. The importance of management in librarianship 21. Core management skills 22. Misssions, planning, projects and partnerships 23. Marketing and libraries PART 7: EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN LIBRARIANSHIP 24. Education in librarianship 25. Research in librarianship 26. Epilogue 27. Glossary 28. Resource list.