Every profession needs an introductory text to its core body of knowledge. This brand new, definitive text from renowned authors Gobinda Chowdhury, Paul F. Burton, David McMenemy and Alan Poulter provides an introduction to librarianship for students and new entrants to the profession. This handbook is the first to give a complete overview of all aspects of professional librarianship in the 21st century, and to offer an up-to-date, authoritative analysis of modern libraries and librarianship. The key areas covered are: libraries and information services: evolution or revolution; information resources and services; information organization and access; library and information users and society; library technologies; library and information management; and, LIS education and training. Each chapter in this user-friendly text features clear learning aims and objectives and a list of revision questions to test and consolidate knowledge and understanding. Mapping onto course content for library and information studies internationally, this handbook is a single source of introductory explanations of library and information concepts for the student. It is also the quintessential primer for new professionals.
"This volume splendidly achieves its aim of being a useful supporting text for any course teaching librarians and other information professionals." - Australian Library Journal
Dr G.G. Chowdhury BSc MLISc PhD FCLIP is Senior Lecturer, Dr Paul F. Burton BA MA MPhil PhD Senior Lecturer, David McMenemy BA MSc MCLIP FHEA, Lecturer, and Alan Poulter BA MA MSc MCLIP, Lecturer, at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.
"This well produced introduction from the reputable publishing arm of CILIP, written by four experienced and authoritative LIS professionals nicely fills a large gap in the professional literature and will be welcomed by LIS students in particular…All in all, a valuable, timely and well produced book, with good references, glossary and Index. It will prove a boon to both LIS students and practitioners and is to be welcomed as a strong asset to the professional literature." - New Library World
"...the Librarianship book by Chowdhury et al is excellent...It's an incredibly well-rounded introduction to the discipline and is very helpful in providing the broad overview that our students really appreciate as they begin to get to grips with the discipline. I'm now recommending it as the only preferred text when applicants for the course ask about readings before embarking on their studies." - Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University