Introduction to the Library and Information Professions
, 2nd Edition
by Roger C. Greer, Robert J. Grover, and Susan G. Fowler
June 2013, 197pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-157-4
$65, £49, 55€, A93
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This comprehensive book prepares readers for a changing profession in the library and information field, presenting a holistic approach that examines theories and models and utilizes creative problem-solving strategies.

In this rapidly changing, knowledge-based society, library and information professionals require a broad understanding of the profession. Introduction to the Library and Information Professions, Second Edition presents a toolbox of models that enable this essential understanding for undergraduate and graduate students in library and information science programs as well as practicing professionals seeking continuing education. The materials in this second edition reflect the latest trends in the library and information profession, including services and issues that stem from new advances in technology.

The authors present “big picture” information that will allow readers to better plan and implement client-entered services, discussing topics such as the life cycle of information, the role of library and information professionals as change agents, models of information transfer, the national information infrastructure, and important trends and developments. The contents provide readers with clear guidance and a carefully explained rationale for lifelong careers as information professionals.

Features

  • Provides a current, detailed, and creative introduction to the library and information profession for students in LIS programs as well as practicing professionals seeking continuing education
  • Presents a framework for thinking about the library and information profession through thoughtful models and theories, which place it in the context of general service professions in society
  • Builds upon the works of such professional luminaries as Pierce Butler, Verner Clapp, Ralph Shaw, and Jesse Shera to create expanded theories and updated models
Roger C. Greer, MLS, PhD, is dean emeritus of the School of Library and Information Management at University of Southern California, former dean at Syracuse University, and professor emeritus at Emporia State University. He has been a creative thinker in the library profession for more than 50 years with experience in both public and academic libraries. Greer coauthored Assessing Information Needs: Managing Transformative Information Services with Robert J. Grover. He earned his master of library science degree and doctorate at Rutgers University.

Robert J. Grover, MLS, PhD, was associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at Emporia State University, where he had held the position of dean and professor of the School of Library and Information Management. He has also held faculty positions the University of South Florida and University of Southern California. His published work includes Assessing Information Needs: Managing Transformative Information Services, coauthored with Roger C. Greer; and Helping Those Experiencing Loss: A Guide to Grieving Resources, coauthored with Susan G. Fowler, both published by Libraries Unlimited. Grover earned his master of library science degree and doctorate from Indiana University.

Susan G. Fowler, MLS, teaches at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, KS, and remains active in the information consulting business she founded in 1993. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and a master of library science degree and a post-master's certificate in legal information management from Emporia State University. Fowler authored Information Entrepreneurship: Information Services Based on the Information Lifecycle and coauthored Helping Those Experiencing Loss: A Guide to Grieving Resources with Robert J. Grover.

Reviews

"This volume is well-written and delivers a compelling story about how the professions bring people and information together. It is recommended for public, community college, and university libraries."—ARBA, June 1, 2013
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