Library Information Systems
, 2nd Edition
by Joseph R. Matthews and Carson Block
November 2019, 321pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5194-0
$75, £56, 63€, A108
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Written by experts on library information systems, this is an essential management guide for administrators, librarians, and other staff who implement and maintain information technology.

Information systems are central to libraries, and managing information systems is critical to serving library communities. Both a textbook for LIS courses and a handbook for practitioners, this volume thoroughly addresses modern libraries' challenges of integrating information technology.

Written by Joseph R. Matthews and Carson Block, both experts on library information systems, this book describes the evolution of library information systems, their enabling technologies, and today’s dynamic IT marketplace. It explains specific technologies and related topics, including standards and standards organizations, telecommunications and networks, integrated library systems, electronic resource management systems, repositories, authentication and link verification, electronic resources, and nextgen library systems.

Readers will also learn the latest about information systems management, covering technology planning, basic technology axioms, the impact of technology on library services, system selection and implementation, system usability, and general technology management. The final section considers current trends and future developments in LIS, including those related to mobile devices and apps as well as the growth of digital libraries.


  • Covers all aspects of library information systems within a broad context
  • Written to be easily understandable and informative to a wide readership, including LIS students, library administrators, and managers, regardless of technical background or knowledge
  • Fully addresses current practice while also offering a glimpse into future trends in this quickly changing field, helping practitioners and future practitioners keep abreast of the field
  • Perfectly suited as a text for courses in LIS and as an everyday reference for practitioners
Joseph R. Matthews has provided consulting assistance to numerous academic, public, and special libraries and local governments. Previously an instructor at the School of Library Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University, Matthews has taught evaluation of library services, library information systems, strategic planning, management, and research methods. He was honored as the SLIS Outstanding Scholar. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of more than 30 books, including Managing with Data: Using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics, Getting Started with Evaluation, Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries, Listening to the Customer, Library Assessment in Higher Education, The Customer-Focused Library: Re-Inventing the Public Library From the Outside-In, The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services, and Strategic Planning and Management for Library Managers, among other books. Matthews has been invited to speak at conferences and is active in the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Carson Block has been a library technologist for more than 25 years–as a library worker, IT director, and now a library technology consultant. As a consultant with Carson Block Consulting Inc., Carson is often brought in to help solve complex institutional issues and to help align the library's public service mission with its technology efforts to serve the needs of patrons and staff. Past president of the Colorado division of the Public Library Association, he has also served in leadership positions in ALA, ASCLA, Colorado PLA, and others. Carson is also a member of the Future of Libraries advisory group to ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy. His publications include Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (2017).


"Library Information Systems is a quality text written by recognized experts in their field. The foundational understanding that it imparts is an excellent starting point for understanding the breadth and depth of the technologies that undergird the day-to-day library functions. Readers may find this book to be a good companion piece to more technically oriented texts, as it provides helpful context for how individual technological elements interact across workflows and infrastructure. Managerial perspectives and strategic planning discussions set this book apart as a useful addition to any systems librarian’s collection, in particular those faced with a looming systems selection and migration project."—The Library Quarterly, October 1, 2020
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