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Dictionary for library and information science
Reitz, Joan M.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 788 pages ; 24 cm

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Z1006 .R45 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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What began in 1994 as a five-page handout, the Dictionary of Library and Information Science soon was expanded and converted to electronic format for installation on the Western Connecticut State University Library Web site, where it is in high demand by library professionals, scholars, and students, and has won international praise. Now available for the first time in print, the Dictionary is the most comprehensive and reliable English-language resource for terminology used in all types of libraries. With more than 4,000 terms and cross-references (last updated in January of 2003), the Dictionary's content has been carefully selected and includes terms from publishing, printing, literature, and computer science where, in the author's judgment, they are relevant to both library professionals and laypersons. The primary criterion for including a new term is whether library and information science professionals might reasonably be expected to encounter it at some point in their career, or be required to know its meaning.

Author Notes

JOAN M. REITZ is Librarian, Instructional Services, Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University.

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Library Journal Review

What began in 1994 as a five-page handout at Western Connecticut State University (and later converted to electronic format) has evolved into a 700-plus-page print book with more than 4000 entries. But this is not a dictionary of just library and information science terms. As the author states in her preface, "the dictionary includes not only the terminology of the various specializations within library science and information studies but also the vocabulary of publishing, printing, the book trade, graphic arts, book history, literature, bibliography, telecommunications, and computer science when, in the author's judgment, a definition might prove helpful to librarians and information specialists in their work." OK. So we have "pen," "uppercase," "abbreviation," etc., but not "Gen-Y" (the age group 18-24 who have very different ideas about libraries), "SIP" (session initiated protocol),"broadband," etc. When you go broad, you go broad. The question then: Is it too broad to be of value to its intended audience? On that issue, you can draw your own conclusions.AB. Susan Brown, Pamunkey Regional Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In 1994 Reitz (an instruction librarian, Western Connecticut State Univ.) created a glossary of library terms she later posted to the Web, and which evolved into Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science and is now available in book form. It covers publishing, binding, bibliographic standards, abbreviations, computer terms, and much more. References to other works, particularly those treating book arts, the history of printing, and like subjects are cited in the definitions where useful. Some definitions in the printed version's 4,000 entries will soon become dated; definitions for the USA Patriot Act and radio frequency identification (RFID), for example, are likely to need revision soon. A further advantage of the online version is its inclusion of hypertext links to other terms in the list. The book covers the field completely and is handier than its online counterpart, but shrinking book budgets may make the purchase difficult to justify. Its former Web site notes that although the online list has been moved to the publisher's server, it will remain freely available. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates and higher. A. R. Hutchinson Smithsonian Institution

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