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Foundations of Library and Information Science [Paperback]

Richard Rubin

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15 Jun 2010 1555706908 978-1555706906 3rd Revised edition
To meet the evolving needs of a dynamic profession, the new edition of Richard Rubin's best-selling text has been streamlined using feedback from faculty, students, and an outstanding Editorial Board: Kendra Albright, SLIS, University of South Carolina; Joseph Janes, Th e Information School, University of Washington; Michele V. Cloonan, GSLIS, Simmons College; and Michael Stephens, GSLIS, Dominican University. Featured Review " exhaustive, in-depth reference and resource for library and information science professionals....A top-notch curriculum or self-study aid for anyone interested in any of a wide variety of information science professions, Foundations of Library and Information Science is especially recommended for college library collections." Midwest Book Review, July 2010 Read More.... Rubin observes in his preface, "Our profession demands constant growth, continuous learning, and very open minds." Accordingly, this meticulous revision of his landmark text includes a completely fresh discussion of the most current issues and key technological developments in the field. Rubin explores the ever-growing impact of the World Wide Web, the impact of blogs, wikis, and social networks on services, electronic publication including e-books, digital libraries, digital preservation, mass digitization, and digital repositories, and Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). His unique insights into these technologies and their impact on library services, policies, and legal standards--are all part of why this book forms the essential foundation one needs to succeed as an information professional. Rubin integrates contemporary coverage with a detailed and accessible account of the fundamental principles of information science and technology, information policy, intellectual organization, and ethical issues and principles across all types of libraries: public, academic, school, and special. Instructors: Interested in adopting this textbook? Neal-Schuman Publishers is happy to tell you more about the book or arrange an exam copy. E-mail for more information.

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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555706908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555706906
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit sparse with respect to actual information science 20 Dec 2000
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This book is a nice primer for anyone considering a profession as a librarian. However, I bought it hoping for an introduction to the theory and design of taxonomies, thesauri, and controlled vocabularies. I was disappointed to find that the emphasis is on standards, ethics, the library as an institution, etc. The title is a bit misleading.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on content alone does this book get the fourth star... 27 Mar 2006
By J. Walters - Published on
Wow. Someone called this book reader friendly. ::blink, blink:: I don't know about that. What I do know is that it is a tremendous resource for the LIS professional. Like probably every other MLIS/MLS student in America, I bought this book for one of my early courses. I read snippets. I skimmed mercilessly. I snored repeatedly, but I learned copiously. Buy it if you must. Borrow it if you have the chance. Don't skip it unless you have to.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough introductory material 11 Dec 2004
By K. A. Mills - Published on
As with many MLS students, this was the required test for my introductory course. I was dreading it based on some of the reviews I read here. I expected to tolerate the material and then quickly sell my book after the semester. Sure, not all of the material is exciting, but let's be realistic: it's a textbook! Rubin does a fine job of covering the foundations of librarianship. This is not a book to read for practical, how-to information. It is a foundations book ... one that covers the history, values, ethics, and policies of the profession. It also has an interesting chapter on how the profession is evolving. I agree with a previous reviewer's comments that the graphics were uninspiring. On the whole, though, the text is a fine, introductory resource, and one that I'll keep through my MLS program as a reference.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially recommended for college library collections 17 July 2010
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Now in an updated third edition, Foundations of Library and Information Science is an exhaustive, in-depth reference and resource for library and information science professionals. Updated to reflect the latest technological transformations in the field, Foundations of Library and Information Science covers archives and preservation management, human-computer interaction, information analysis and retrieval, information systems management, information policy, library and information services, records management, social computing, and more. A top-notch curriculum or self-study aid for anyone interested in any of a wide variety of information science professions, Foundations of Library and Information Science especially recommended for college library collections.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good cure for insomnia. 23 Mar 2002
By CT - Published on
In the immortal words of Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice, this book reads like stereo instructions. I have not yet picked it up to read it without falling asleep. Be warned if you get this title in a library science course. I actually had to track it down. It is one of the most boring, tedious texts I have ever tried to read. Even the graphics are dull and unimaginative. Textbooks don't have to be so stupifyingly boring as this. The book is very thorough, but you really have to work to stay with it. Run away, run away!!
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