Encyclopedia of library and information sciences.
Marcia J. Bates, Mary Niles Maack Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press 2010
On the Informaworld platform. Introduction and topical table of contents available free-of-charge; other content by subscription only. Covers topics related to: archival science; bibliography; document and genre theory; informatics; information systems; knowledge management; library and information science; museum studies; records management; social studies of information. International in scope. Presents long, signed articles in A-Z order with bibliographies. Limited search function on initial screen, but advanced search options are available. Also published in print. An older edition of this work was previously included in Guide to reference. Approximately three-quarters of the entries in this 3rd ed. are new, so older editions are still useful, especially for library-focused entries.
World encyclopedia of library and information services.
Robert Wedgeworth Chicago: American Library Association, 1993 DESCRIPTION: xvii, 905 p., ill.
Title varies: 1st ed. (1980) and 2nd ed. (1986) had title: ALA world encyclopedia of library and information services. Signed articles on the concepts, condition, and history of librarianship. International in scope; includes articles about 160 countries written by contributors from these countries, as well as 216 biographies of important library figures, living and dead. Articles are enhanced by hard-to-locate statistical data, many illustrations, and selective bibliographies. Dictionary arrangement with a comprehensive index. Although many entries would benefit from updating, still a useful and unparalleled work.
International encyclopedia of information and library science.
John Feather, R. P. Sturges London; New York: Routledge, 2003 DESCRIPTION: xxxii, 688 p.,ill.
1st ed., 1997. Articles written by library and information science experts, largely from the United Kingdom and United States. Twelve chapter-length signed articles treat “central issues”—Pref.: communication; economics of information; informatics; information management; information policy; information professions; information society; information systems; information theory; knowledge industries; knowledge management; organization of knowledge. Medium-length signed articles deal with specific topics, and short, unsigned entries “define the basic concepts, activities and objects of the information world.”—Pref. Includes brief biographies of influential individuals worldwide. All signed articles include bibliographical references. A to Z arrangement, with many see also references. Index to topics and authors of entries. List of abbreviations. Available as an e-book from various third-party suppliers.
Library and Information Science: Encyclopedias
Susan E. Searing
The publishing norm for encyclopedias in LIS is print plus electronic. Most of the titles listed in this section are available in both formats. LISWiki is a recent entry into the field of open access, community-generated online encyclopedias – 2005
Over 1,300 contributed articles. Anyone can add or edit content. Entries may be browsed by title or category, or searched by keyword. Completeness and accuracy of information varies; most entries contain external links for further reading. Among the useful entries are lists of chat reference servicesand library-hosted or library-related weblogs.
Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: For Congress, the nation and the world.
John Young Cole, Jane Aikin Library of Congress Washington, D.C.; Lanham, Md.: Library of Congress; Bernan Press, 2004 DESCRIPTION: xxxi, 569 p., ill. (some color), ports.
Entries emphasize the historical development of the Library of Congress. Part I: essays on major topics (e.g., the Library’s international role), large units, and relations with other agencies. Part II: shorter articles on selected divisions, collections, buildings, functions, and individuals. Part III: chronologies of senior officials, legislative appropriations, collection growth, major gifts, and chairs of the Congressional Committee on the Library. Bibliography. Index. Heavily illustrated.
International dictionary of library histories.
David H. StamChicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001 DESCRIPTION: 2 v. (xxx, 1053 p.)
Introductory surveys of 34 types of libraries and 13 geographical regions, followed by 224 institutional histories. Includes only libraries that are still operating. Signed entries, each two to five pages long, contain contact data, founding date, holdings counts, and a bibliography, along with a list of special collections and a narrative history. Index.
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.
New York: Marcel Dekker, 1968-2003. 73 vols. [many are supplements]
2nd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2003. 4 vols.
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001. 26 vols.
International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science.
London: Routledge, 1997.
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001. 26 vols.