Introduction to Library and Information Science

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"Library shelves with the word 'Fakta' written on them"
A library full of facts

Library and Information Science (LIS) is the academic and professional study of how information and information carriers are produced, disseminated, discovered, evaluated, selected, acquired, used, organized, maintained, and managed. This book intends to introduce the reader to both fundamental concerns and prominent current issues in the field of library and information science.

A secondary goal of this book is to introduce readers to prominent writers, articles, and books within the field of library science. The book originated as a collection of annotations of important LIS articles. Though these citations are being developed into a fuller text, we hope that this book remains firmly rooted in the literature of LIS and related fields, and helps direct readers toward important resources when a particular topic strikes their fancy.

If you want to get involved, or notice something in this book that you would like to add, you are encouraged to edit boldly. If you need ideas of how to start, check out our To Do List.

"A large concrete library building in an urban area"
Beit Ariela public libary, Tel Aviv, Israel

Chapters

  1. Contextualizing Libraries: Their History and Place in the Wider Information Infrastructure
  2. Ethics and Values in the Information Professions
  3. Information Policy
  4. Information Organization
  5. Information Seeking
  6. Re-contextualizing Libraries: Considering Libraries within Their Communities
  7. Technology and Libraries: Impacts and Implications
  8. Transcending Boundaries: Global Issues and Trends
  9. Learning More: Free LIS Resources

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