Introduction to Library and Information Science/To Do List

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Populating this wikibook

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Much of this book is based on discussion of classic articles from within our field. Therefore, if somebody could distill the main points from some of these articles and add them to the book, it would help a lot to fill out some of the emptier parts of this book.

Classic, emerging, and highly-cited literature to be incorporated

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The following are important articles not yet mentioned by the text. If somebody could summarize these articles' salient points, and sew these points into the chapters indicated, we will have a bunch more lovely content for this book!

  • Aabø. 2010. How do public libraries function as meeting places?
  • A.C.L.U. Don't filter me: interim report. (for the Information Policy chapter's section about web filters)
  • A.L.A. Library Bill of Rights
  • Asheim, Lester. "Not Censorship But Selection." Wilson Library Bulletin 28 (Sep. 1953): 63-67. (for the Ethics chapter)
  • Asheim, Lester. "Selection and Censorship: A Reappraisal." Wilson Library Bulletin 58 (Nov. 1983): 180-84. (for the Ethics chapter)
  • Bates. 1989. The Design Of Browsing And Berrypicking Techniques For The Online Search Interface.
  • Belkin, N. J., Oddy, R. N., and Brooks, H. M. (1982). ASK for Information Retrieval. Part 1. Background and Theory. Journal of Documentation. 38(2). pp. 61-71. (for the Information Organization chapter, particularly the Info. Retrieval section)
  • Berman, Sanford. "Prejudices and Antipathies" (for the Information Organization chapter)
  • Michael K. Buckland. Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto. Chicago: American Library Association. 1992.
  • Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, Timothy J. Dickey, and Marie L. Radford. 2011. "'If It Is Too Inconvenient, I'm Not Going After It.:' Convenience as a Critical Factor in Information-seeking Behaviors." Library and Information Science Research, 33: 179-190. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2010.12.002 Pre-print available online at:
  • Thomas J. Froehlich, “Ethical considerations of information professionals”, Annual review of information science and technology, vol. 27 (1992).(for the ethics chapter)
  • Gorman, Michael. "The Five Laws of Librarianship: Then and Now." School Library Journal 44 (July 1998): 20-23;
  • Harris, Michael H., and Stan A. Hannah. "Why do we study the history of libraries? A meditation on the perils of ahistoricism in the information era." Library & Information Science Research 14 (1992): 123-30.
  • Robert Hauptman, Ethical challenges in librarianship (Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1988). (for the Ethics chapter)
  • Deborah G. Johnson, Computer ethics (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: 1985). (for the ethics chapter)
  • Johnson. 2010. Do public libraries contribute to social capital?: A preliminary investigation into the relationship.
  • Barbara J. Kostrewski, Charles Oppenheim, “Ethics in information science”, Journal of information science, vol. 1, no. 5 (Jan. 1980), p. 277-283. (for the Ethics chapter)
  • Kuhlthau. 1991. Inside The Search Process - Information Seeking From The Users Perspective.
  • Morville, P. (2005). Ambient Findability. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly. (for the Information Organization chapter, particularly the Info. Retrieval section)
  • Olson, Hope. "The Power to Name" (for the Information Organization chapter)
  • Pawley, Christine. "Hegemony’s Handmaid? The Library and Information Studies Curriculum from a Class Perspective." The Library Quarterly 68, no. 2 (April 1, 1998): 123-144.
  • Ranganathan, S.R. Five Laws of Library Science. (available for free online from Hathi Trust:
  • Salton and Buckley. 1990. Improving Retrieval Performance By Relevance Feedback
  • Shachaf. 2010. Social reference: toward a unifying theory.
  • Richard J. Severson, The principles of information ethics (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1997). (for the ethics chapter)
  • Taylor. 1968. Question-Negotiation And Information Seeking In Libraries.
  • Tillett, B. (2003). What is FRBR? A conceptual model for the bibliographic universe. (for the Information Organization chapter)
  • Wayne Wiegand, Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots: What the Past Tells Us about the present; reflections on the twentieth-century history of American librarianship (Library Quarterly, 69:1, Jan. 1999) (for either the History chapter or the Community chapter)
  • Winner, Do Artifacts Have Politics? (for the technology chapter)
  • Marsha Cook Woodbury, Computer and information ethics (Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing, 2003). (for the ethics chapter)

Non-LIS books and articles to be incorporated

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The following books have ramifications for LIS, despite not being specifically about LIS

  • Ahmed, Sara. On being included: racism and diversity in institutional life. Duke University Press, 2012.
  • Blaut, James M. The colonizer's model of the world : geographical diffusionism and Eurocentric history. New York: Guilford Press, 1993.
  • Friere, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
  • Mattison, Marian. (2000). Ethical decision making: the person in the process. Social work 45:3.
  • Richard A. Spinello, Cyberethics: morality and law in cyberspace (Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003).

Topics to be incorporated

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  • Academic publishing, open access journals, and e-journal bundling
  • Classification
  • Gender issues within the profession
  • Government Documents, Federal Depository Libraries
  • History of libraries after 1800
  • International (i.e. non-U.S.) librarianship
  • Multiculturalism
  • Professional status of librarianship
  • Race issues "on both sides of the desk": lack of racial diversity within the profession, services for racially diverse communities
  • Reference work
  • Rural librarianship
  • Services to incarcerated people
  • Services to specific academic communities (i.e. hard sciences, social sciences, humanities...)
  • Services to underserved populations

Cleaning up this Wikibook

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  • Much of the history chapter was taken from a wikipedia article. It needs better references, and also needs to fit in with the themes of the chapter better.
  • It would be great to have more pictures and sidebars that could serve to spark discussion.
  • All chapters need to be modified to align to the stated learning objectives better
  • It'd also be cool to have sidebars about all the LIS authors mentioned in the text
  • Make the style guide more useful
  • Putting all citations into APA format