Libraries in the Information Age: An Introduction and Career Exploration, 2nd Edition (Library and Information Science Text (Paperback))

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Designed to introduce LIS students to the ever-changing world of modern libraries and information centers, this text provides an important overview of libraries in the era of electronic information. It helps students build necessary core knowledge in such areas as electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the Internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today's library personnel. Each chapter revolves around a pertinent topic: the history of libraries, job opportunities, collections, preparing materials for use, circulation, reference service, ethics in the information age, job search basics, and the Internet. References and relevant books, Web sites, and publications at the end of every chapter point to further resources. Additional information―such as policies, the library bill of rights, the code of ethics, and the freedom to read statement-is supplied in the appendixes.

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DENISE K. FOURIE is reference librarian and instructor of library and information technology at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California. She has written several highly acclaimed books and essays in the field of library science.

DAVID R. DOWELL is director of learning resources at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California. He previously served as library director of Pasadena City College and is the author of several critically acclaimed books. He has received a number of honors and awards, including the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Special Award.Corporate Author.

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"This is a valuable work and should be purchased to replace a previously obtained 1st edition, by any library located in the United States, specifically in the United States as the work places a heavy emphasis on libraries located in the United States. An index enables quick location and relocation of necessary information, while the writing style encourages reading for pleasure and the numerous figures entice the visual learner." - ARBAonline

"Designed as a text for LTA and graduate courses, this second edition includes an expanded section on ethics as well as a thorough updating to reflect recent trends and technologies such as Web 2.0. With an emphasis on public services, this is a basic and thorough overview of today's libraries that will serve well as an introductory-level text. . . a solid text that is recommended for LIS libraries and professional development collections." - Booklist

"This is a comprehensive volume targeting librarians in all settings. If there is one basic, all-encompassing book that all librarians need to have on their shelves, this is it. Highly recommended." - Library Media Connection

"Prepared by Fourie and Dowell (instructors in the Library/Information Technology program, Cuesta College) this is a textbook appropriate for prospective library technical assistants. It explores the development of collections, preparation of materials for use, reference and circulation services, and the impact of the Internet on libraries. It also includes a chapter on the basics of job searching, most of it having a broader application than just looking for library positions." - Reference & Research Book News

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