Foundations of Library and Information Science

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This textbook covers the expanded field of library and information science for major accredited programmes. Designed as a current teaching resource, the book offers information science students and librarians the background and techniques they need to meet the challenge of the profession today. This comprehensive course book begins with a discussion of the practice of librarianship, and moves on to address the place of libraries within the broader perspective of the information superstructure, the development of information science, the growth of information technologies, information policy in libraries, intellectual organization of libraries (from classification systems to databases), the mission of libraries from past to present, and ethical aspects and principles between information providers and clients. A detailed look at the various types of libraries (public, academic, school and special), their internal functions and the major organizational issues they face is reviewed in the second part of the book. It also contains a list of selected readings and appendices including the Association of Research Libraries Statement on Intellectual Property; Development of the National Information Infrastructure; a bill of rights and responsibilities for electronic learners; major periodicals, indexes, encyclopaedias and dictionaries in library and information science; and a listing of associations.

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Richard Rubin is Director and Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He received his A.B. in Philosophy from Oberlin College, his M.L.S. from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. He has spoken and presented workshops throughout the United States primarily on aspects of human resource management including hiring, performance evaluation, discipline and termination, worker motivation, and ethics in the workplace.

Dr. Rubin is the author of numerous publications including three books, Human Resource Management in Libraries: Theory and Practice (Neal-Schuman, 1991), Hiring Library Employees (Neal-Schuman, 1994), and Foundations of Library and Information Science (Neal-Schuman, 2000). His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Library Quarterly and Library and Information Science Research, and he coauthored (with Thomas Froehlich) the article on ethics in library and information science for the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.

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In ten substantial chapters, Rubin (Human Resource Management in Libraries: Theory and Practice, Professional Reading, LJ 9/15/91) surveys library and information science, noting its significant components and depicting its contexts. Unlike encyclopedias and dictionaries that comprise the bulk of the available resources dealing comprehensively with the field, this is an integrated treatment, essentially a textbook intended to be read and discussed by library school students and instructors. Like many textbooks, the prose is often dry, and the analysis is sometimes cursory. But Rubin concisely and clearly presents numerous lively topics for discussion?the question of librarianship as a profession, the differences among types of libraries, gender segregation across job types, censorship, etc.?throughout the work's examination of politics and policies, technology, information organization, ethics, and history. (Some topics, such as the Z39.50 standard, might have been more precisely described.) Texts for further reading are enumerated at the end of each chapter as well as in a selection appended to the main text. Additional appendixes include a variety of reprinted documents and lists of academic, print, and electronic resources pertaining to the field. Students and faculty in library and information studies programs will benefit from Rubin's extensive text.?Dean C. Rowan, Whittier P.L., CA
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