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Concise dictionary of library and information science
Keenan, Stella.
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Second edition.
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London ; New Providence, NJ : Bowker-Saur, [2000]

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x, 265 pages ; 23 cm
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From AACR2 ( Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition ) to zoom, this reference comprising some 4,500 terms used in library and information science updates the 1996 edition with about 2,000 new terms. As a stated aim is to make the dictionary a one-stop shop, no full definition cross-refer

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Library Journal Review

The changing face of librarianship is well illustrated in this timely and invaluable volume of brief (two to three lines) definitions of terms important to the profession. Keenan, an information consultant and former member of the faculty at Loughborough University, has gathered 3000 entries, arranged into thematic sections: Information Sources; Information Handling and Retrieval; Computers and Telecommunications; Resource Management; Research Methodology; and Publishing. A table of contents page listing this arrangement would have been helpful. In addition, one has to first consult the alphabetical index to find a desired term. A Terminology Guide page at the end of the volume lists major similar dictionaries, such as Harrod's Librarians' Glossary (Gower, 1995. 8th ed.) and the ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science (American Library Assn., 1983). This volume, however, is more succinct than these others. Specific library terms are treated in greater depth by Harrod's and the ALA Glossary, while the Concise Dictionary gives more library-oriented and much-needed definitions to terms not usually associated with library science, such as "academic workstation," "rights ownership," and "worker's knowledge." For professional collections.‘John Doherty, Montana State Univ. Lib., Bozeman (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Keenan's stated purpose is to capture the professional language of the information fields. Toward that end, her book covers some 3,000 terms within "themes," or sections. The resulting structure assumes that one both wants to browse rather than merely look up a word and knows in advance in which of the several sections a sought term might appear. The term "record" is important across the information disciplines, but instead of handling the various senses of "record" in one entry, the user must consult the alphabetical index and make several lookups. The organization is challenging in other ways: although defined solely in the context of computing, "medium" appears in the "Information Sources" section rather than the "Computing and Telecommunications" section. Keenan promises seven sections, but there are six: "Information Sources" (types of materials/information packages); "Information Handling and Retrieval" (organization of knowledge, classification); "Computers and Telecommunications," which has 45 percent of the content and "forms the backbone of the dictionary"; "Resource Management" ("material, financial, human" resources); "Research Methodology"; and "Publishing." It is not clear whether the dictionary is "concise" because of its relatively short length or because the definitions themselves tend to be painfully brief. A superior resource is Ray Prytherch's 692-page Harrod's Librarians' Glossary (8th ed., CH, Nov'95). J. M. Pemberton University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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