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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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