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Title:
International encyclopedia of information and library science
Author:
Feather, John.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxxii, 688 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415259019
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Sciencewas published to widespread acclaim in 1996, and has become the major reference work in the field. This eagerly awaited new edition has been fully revised and updated to take full account of the many and radical changes which have taken place since the Encyclopediawas originally conceived. With nearly 600 entries, written by a global team of over 150 contributors, the subject matter ranges from mobile library services provided by camel and donkey transport to search engines, portals and the World Wide Web.
The new edition retains the successful structure of the first with an alphabetical organization providing the basic framework of a coherent collection of connected entries. Conceptual entries explore and explicate all the major issues, theories and activities in information and library science, such as the economics of information and information management. A wholly new entry on information systems, and enhanced entries on the information professions and the information society, are key features of this new edition. Topical entries deal with more specific subjects, such as collections management and information services for ethnic minorities. New or completely revised entries include a group of entries on information law, and a collection of entries on the Internet and the World Wide Web.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The world of information and library science is changing, so it makes sense to update the 1997 edition of this reference work. As the title indicates, the volume seeks to include a world perspective and focuses on present practice and research. Although it does include an entry for each continent, it is largely British in nature. Of the approximately 200 contributors, about 80 percent are associated with the UK. Articles are arranged alphabetically and vary from a paragraph to 19 pages. About half of the articles are signed and include short bibliographies. The editors do not claim to give equal treatment to all subjects but intend to provide longer articles for topics of greater importance. Therefore, it seems surprising that rare book libraries would get more coverage than public libraries or school libraries. Twelve major articles (about eight pages each) form the backbone of the volume: Communication,0 Economics of information, Informatics, Information management, Information policy, Information professions, Information society, Information systems, Information theory, Knowledge industries, Knowledge management0 , and Organization of knowledge.0 These entries demonstrate a theoretical and managerial approach. In contrast, the entry for Book0 is one-third of a page, and there is no mention of genres or young adult literature. Indeed, youth resources and services are underrepresented. Biographical entries are also disappointingly few in number. Twenty black-and-white diagrams and 17 tables complement the text. This volume offers an alternative to U.S.-centric librarianship. However, it does not offer a robust picture of the world but rather starts with a British perspective and branches out. Still, the conceptual articles are valuable, and readers interested in librarianship will find succinct definitions for many professional terms. This work will probably find its home in library and information studies collections. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist


Library Journal Review

This revised and updated edition of the 1997 original (Professional Media, LJ 9/1/96) concentrates on developments in library and information science since the reference was first conceived in 1991. While some of the almost 600 entries have been retained in their original form, most have been revised by the original authors or by the editors or have been entirely rewritten by new contributors representing a wide cross-section, both geographical and topical, of those currently involved in these disciplines. The articles are arranged alphabetically, with those topics (expanded to 12 from nine) judged by the editors to have had the greatest significance given the most space: communication, economics of information, informatics, information management, information policy, information professions, information society, information systems, information theory, knowledge industries, knowledge management, and organization of knowledge. These 12 essays form a framework that links all the other entries, making this a far more interactive printed work than just another encyclopedia. The detailed index enables one to find things easily, and added bibliographical references lead users to investigate further. Those involved in library science, information science, communication, knowledge organization, and management who own the first edition need to replace it. Those who didn't buy the first time around, get it now! [The editors are both professors of library and information studies at Loughborough University in the UK; Feather is the author of The Information Society and The Wired World.-Ed.]-B. Susan Brown, Pamunkey Regional Lib., Hanover, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Although this volume provides more than 500 entries by some 150 contributors from a dozen countries, the UK and Loughborough University are overrepresented, and there are few Asian, African, or South American contributions. A goal of the volume is to showcase the intellectual content of the information fields apart from the institutional constraints of libraries. If physicians study medicine, not hospitals, what is the proper study of information professionals? Here the focus is on "information itself as the basic unit of the currency in which we are trading." This emphasis is suggested by the items covered in the nine longest entries: communication, economics of information, informatics, information management, information policy, information theory, knowledge industries, library institutions and systems, and the organization of information. The work successfully suggests the interdisciplinarity of the information disciplines. The length of the shorter articles varies widely from a couple of sentences to several columns with bibliographic references. The volume is fully indexed, and there is generous cross-referencing both in the text and the index. Significant terms in an entry are printed in uppercase when they are treated separately elsewhere. A useful resource where there are professional studies collections for the information disciplines. J. M. Pemberton; University of Tennessee at Knoxville


Table of Contents

Abstract
Abstracting and indexing services
Academic libraries
Accessions
Accreditation of LIS schools
Acquisitions
Advice service
Africa
Agricultural documentation and information
Aid agencies
Algorithm
Almanac
Alphabetisation rules
American Library Association
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
Anomalous state of knowledge
Archival description
Archival library
Archives
Archivist
Art galleries
Art libraries
Artefact
Artificial intelligence
Association for Computing Machinery
Atlas
Author
Authoring systems
Authority file
Barcode
Barefoot librarian
Baud rate
Berne Convention
Besterman, Theodore (1904-76)
Bibliographic classification
Bibliographic control
Bibliographic description
Bibliographic instruction
Bibliography
Bibliomania
Bibliometrics
BibliothTque Nationale de France
Bibliotherapy
Bodley, Sir Thomas (1545-1613)
Book
Book club
Book design
Book fair
Book jobber
Book production
Book selection
Book trade
Boolean logic
Bowers, Fredson Thayer (1905-93)
Box libraries
Bradford, Samuel Clement (1878-1948)
Bray, Thomas (1656-1730)
British Library
Broadcasting
Browsing
Buddhist libraries
Bulletin board
Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974)
Business information service
Byte
Cable television
Caribbean
Carnegie, Andrew (1835-1919)
Catalogues
Categorisation
Categorisation of fiction
CD-ROM
Censorship
Central and Eastern Europe
Chain indexing
Chaos theory
Children's libraries
Children's literature
Cinema
Circulating library
Circulation system
Citation analysis
Classification
Closed access
Code of professional conduct
Coden
Cognitive science
Collection
Collection development
Collection management
Colon classification
Commonwealth Library Association (COMLA)
Communication
Communications audit
Community information
Community librarianship
Competitor intelligence
Computer
Computer crime
Computer science
Computer security
Computer-assisted learning in library and information science
Concordance
Conservation
Consolidation of information
Conspectus
Consultancy
Continuing professional development
Contracts for information provision
Convergence
Cooperative cataloguing
Copyright
Crime in libraries
Cultural agencies
Cultural industries
Current awareness
Current contents list
Cutter, Charles Ammi (1837-1903)
Cybernetics
Data
Data archives
Data bank
Data compression
Data Encryption Standard
Data protection
Data security
Database
Database-management systems (DBMS)
Decision support systems (DSS)
Defamation
Desktop computer
Desktop publishing (DTP)
Dewey decimal classification
Dewey, Melvil (1857-1931)
Dialog
Dictionary
Digital libraries [electronic libraries in 1/e]
Digitisation
Diplomatic
Directory
Disaster-preparedness planning
Discography
Dissemination of information
Distance learning
Document
Document clustering
Document delivery systems
Document image processing
Documentation
Donations to libraries
East Asia
Eastern Europe
Eblida
Ecclesiastical libraries
Economics of information
Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue
Electrocopying
Electronic book
Electronic data interchange
Electronic document delivery
Electronic funds transfer
Electronic journal archives
Electronic mail
Electronic public information
Encryption
Encyclopedia
Enumerative bibliography
Ephemera
Epistemology
Espionage
Ethernet
European Union information policies
Evidence-based healthcare
Exchange programmes
Expert systems
Faceted classification
Farradane, Jason (1906-89)
Fax
Fee-based services
Fibre optics
Fiction
File transfer protocol
Film
Finding aid
Fisher, Sir Ronald Aylmer (1890-1962)
Fixed location
Floppy disk
Fonds
Forgery
Free net
Free text searching
Freedom of information
Friends of the library
Fuzzy logic
Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1900-)
Garfield, Eugene (1925-)
Gatekeeper
Gateway
Gazetteer
Geographic Information Systems
Gesner, Conrad (1516-65)
Gigabyte
Gopher
Government publishing
Grap