Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review - Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources by Michael F. Bemis

Library and Information Science
A guide to key literature and sources



About the Book (by Michael F. Bemis)

Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources is an annotated bibliography to the literature of the field. Emphasis has been placed on recent print materials, i.e., books and scholarly journals from 2000 through 2012, but websites have not been neglected. It was published in March, 2014 by ALA Editions, the publishing arm of the American Library Association. 

• The book contains 1,594 numbered entries, which are divided among 39 alphabetically arranged chapters, beginning with “Administration and Management” and ending with “Writing and Publishing.” In order to save space and cover as broad a spectrum of the literature as possible, I made a decision to fully annotate only half the entries. The other half of the entries consists of citations only. 

• With the time and space limitations I had to work with, I made a decision to include only those resources I felt, in my professional opinion, were the most useful to working librarians. Therefore, you will notice many “how-to” type manuals designed for those of us at the reference desk and on the front lines of customer service and technical services. 

• Special Features include a list of LC Subject Headings at the front of each chapter, which allows the reader to access relevant literature that has been published since this book went to press. Classic LIS literature, now out of print, appears in shaded text boxes with the heading: FYI HISTORIC INTEREST. I have included two appendices: one is a listing of ALA divisions, chapters, etc., and the other is a rundown of national and international professional associations.

• WORLDCAT records indicate that after only one year on the market, this title has been added to the collections of over 600 libraries worldwide. 

• This title would be especially of interest to LIS instructors to use as a teaching aid. This volume could serve as a means to familiarize student librarians with the literature of their chosen field, not to mention use as a finding aid to locate literature, which can then be cited as they write their research papers for class. 

American Library Association (ALA) about  Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources by Michael F. Bemis

This unique annotated bibliography is a complete, up-to-date guide to sources of information on library science, covering recent books, monographs, periodicals and websites, and selected works of historical importance. In addition to compiling an invaluable list of sources, Bemis digs deeper, examining the strengths and weaknesses of key works. A boon to researchers and practitioners alike, this bibliography
  • Includes coverage of subjects as diverse and vital as the history of librarianship, its development as a profession, the ethics of information science, cataloging, reference work, and library architecture
  • Encompasses encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, photographic surveys, statistical publications, and numerous electronic sources, all categorized by subject  
  • Offers appendixes detailing leading professional organizations and publishers of library and information science literature
This comprehensive bibliography of English-language resources on librarianship, the only one of its kind, will prove invaluable to scholars, students, and anyone working in the field. 

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Administration and Management
  • Architecture
  • Associations
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Careers and Employment
  • Cataloging and Classification
  • Censorship and Intellectual Freedom
  • Collection Management
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Epistemology and Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Funding and Finance
  • Humor
  • Information Literacy and Bibliographic Instruction
  • Information Technology
  • Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
  • International Librarianship
  • Law
  • Libraries, General
  • Libraries, History of
  • Library Science, General
  • Library Science, History of
  • Marketing, Public Relations, and Advocacy
  • Miscellaneous
  • Patron Services
  • Philanthropy
  • Popular Culture
  • Programming
  • Quotations
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Reading Advocacy, Instruction, and Promotion
  • Reference Work
  • Research
  • Serials
  • Special, Academic, and School Libraries and Librarians
  • Statistics
  • Vendors and Suppliers
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Appendix A: American Library Association Divisions, Chapters, and Affiliates
  • Appendix B: International and National Professional Associations
  • Index
About the Author

Michael F. Bemis has written reference book reviews for American Reference Books AnnualLibrary JournalReference and User Services Quarterly, and other professional publications. He reviews book proposals for Praeger Press and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Materials Reviewing Committee of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Retro-conversion Service Review : RDAExpress : a service to convert any library catalog to RDA


A clean database is the key to providing library users the best possible searching experience and catalogers have dedicated years of service in cultivating and maintaining their databases to this end. The new RDA standard has great benefits, providing enriched content and priming libraries for a Linked Data environment, but it also has an impact on workflow, budgets and patron experience. RDA holds the promise for libraries to restructure its data to provide a better searching experience for users and ultimately link outside the library to be more competitive in today’s digital world.  Most integrated library systems are compliant with RDA, in that they can handle a mixed database of AACR2 and RDA records, but is that really helpful to your users? A mixed database results in a mixed display, with your newer records providing more specific information than your legacy records, disrupting search and discovery.

RDAExpress (https://www.rdaexpress.com) promises to help address this disruption and take the headache out of retrospective conversion of your database to RDA - an undertaking that is nearly impossible for catalogers to do while still keeping up with new titles. It is an RDA Conversion service to upgrade your existing records without worrying what kind of ILS you currently have. 
"Our service is going to unleash greater discoverability in library catalogs" says Heather Powers, eBiblioFile Product Owner. “Library records will have more and better relationships and descriptions. The catalog will be ready for FRBR. And the best part is that RDAExpress does all the work to make this possible now.”

This article originally appeared in RDA Blog : RDAExpress : a service to convert any library catalog to RDA

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Master of Library and Information Science MLIS

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is the master’s degree required for the profession of library science, librarianship, and library service. It is required for the position of a librarian in libraries and information resources centers. Various library schools, i-schools grant degrees under different titles, like Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Master of Library Studies (MLS), Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), M.S. M.A. or M.Sc. in Information Science.