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Foundations of Library and Information Science


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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Foreword by Camila Alire



  • The Knowledge Infrastructure
  • From Past to Present: The History and Mission of Libraries
  • The Library as an Institution: An Organisational Perspective
  • Transforming the Library: The Impact and Implications of Technology
  • Library and Information Science: An Evolving Profession
  • The Organisation of Knowledge: Techniques and Issues
  • Information Science: A Service Perspective
  • Information Policy: Stakeholders and Agendas
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • The Values and Ethics of Library and Information Science
  • Appendixes

    A. Major Library and Information Science Associations and List of Additional Associations

    B. List of ALA-Accredited Programs

    C. Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies

    D. IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 1994.

    About the Authors


    About the Author

    Richard E. Rubin is the former Director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, USA. He has spoken and presented at workshops throughout the United States, primarily on aspects of human resource management, and he has been active in professional associations both nationally and locally, having served as Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation. Dr Rubin is the author of numerous publications including four editions of Foundations of Library and Information Science (Neal-Schuman 2000, 2004, 2010), and his articles have appeared in journals including Library Quarterly and Library and Information Science Research.

    Rachel G. Rubin is Director of Library and Information Services at Capital University, USA and Councillor-at-Large for the American Library Association. Previously, Rubin was library director for Bexley Public Library and has held positions at Worthington and Columbus Metropolitan libraries. Rubin is a graduate of Carleton College and Kent State University, and she holds a Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College.


    'This is a very impressive contribution to the LIS literature; in many ways it puts a useful boundary around the entire field... For students qualifying and qualified, for practitioners, teachers and researchers, this book is a stimulating, informative and reassuring companion. Thoroughly recommended.'
    *Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association*

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