Libraries in the Information Age
An Introduction and Career Exploration, 3rd Edition
by Denise K. Fourie and Nancy E. Loe
May 2016, 349pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-864-1
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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If you want to better understand how libraries work and what librarians really do, this is the book for you.

The book Library Media Connection cited as something 'all librarians need to have on their shelves' is now thoroughly revised for today's 21st-century library environment. Covering both technology and library practices, the title has been a go-to text for librarians and library school students since 2002.

Since the second edition of this must-have book was published in late 2009, libraries have undergone profound changes, primarily linked to advances in technology. We’ve seen the debut of RDA, the release of new Pew Research library and Internet use data, and the establishment of digital repositories, community MakerSpaces, and “community reads” programs. Of course, libraries have also been affected by the expanding use of social media. This thoroughly updated title addresses all these changes and more, bringing you up to date on the monumental shifts impacting librarianship.

The book is designed to introduce LIS students to the profession, preparing them to enter an exciting and evolving world. It clarifies the changing roles and responsibilities of library professionals, new paradigms for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today’s library personnel. Among other subjects, chapters cover preparing materials for use, circulation, reference services, ethics in the information age, Internet trends, and job search basics. References, websites, and publications at the end of every chapter point to further resources, and appendices supply information such as policies, the library bill of rights, and the Freedom to Read statement.


  • Thoroughly revises and updates a popular text for LIS or LTA programs that can also be used in MLIS curricula and for four-year programs in library studies and information studies
  • Provides a succinct introduction to the library industry and a practical overview of the field from seasoned practitioners
  • Brings together learnings from academic, public, special, and school libraries as well as archives and historical agencies, presenting material with both depth and breadth
  • Is applicable as an introduction for library funding agencies and public library trustees or boards
Denise K. Fourie, MLS, is the lead instructor for the library/information technology distance education curriculum at Cuesta Community College, San Luis Obispo, CA. She has more than 25 years' experience in the library field, including serving as a reference librarian in public and academic libraries, as a consultant, and as an instructor. Fourie received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master's in library science from the University of Southern California. Some of her favorite projects have included working with the Julia Morgan architectural drawings and papers, mentoring interns, developing community reads programs, and experimenting with virtual reference.

Nancy E. Loe, MLS, is librarian emerita at California Polytechnic State University, where she managed special collections and archives for 30 years. She received a master's degree in American history and a master's in library science with specialization in archives administration from The Catholic University of America. Loe has managed local history, genealogy, and special collections in public and academic libraries and taught women's history at the University of Colorado. She has written and directed three NEH grants for public library outreach and archival arrangement of architectural records. Loe appeared on PBS's American Experience and has presented at library, archives, and genealogy conferences. In addition to consulting on institutional archives and digital asset management, she now works as a professional genealogist and manages an award-winning website,


"These chapters are useful for anyone interested in a career in libraries but unfamiliar with the many different roles and tasks."—VOYA, October 3, 2016
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