Introduction to the Library and Information Professions

ISBN-10: 1610691571
ISBN-13: 9781610691574
Edition: 2nd (Revised)
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Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Pearson Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 197
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Robert J. Grover, PhD, is retired associate vice president for academic affairs at Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, and former dean and professor in the School of Library and Information Management.

SUSAN G. FOWLER remains active in the information consulting business she founded immediately after earning her M.L.S. from Emporia State University in 1993. Her expertise includes managing special libraries, research and analysis, and the design and implementation of information infrastructures. Her clients include organizations in the fields of law, healthcare and philanthropy. Ms. Fowler is a member of the library and information science honor society Beta Phi Mu, American Library Association (ALA), Association of American Law Libraries (AALL) and the Kansas Library Association (KLA). She serves her local and state community through membership on a variety of committees. Her biography is listed in the 2006 Marquis Who's Who in America.

Preface
Introduction: Purpose and Objectives of This Book
Chapter Overview
Why Read This Book?
The Intended Audience
Scope of the Book
The Role of Professionals
The Value of Theory
Theory in the Information Professions Today
Theory and Its Uses in Professional Service
Defining Terms
Information and Communication Professions: Convergences and Divergences
Similarities and Differences among the Information Professions
Characteristics of a Profession
Library Technicians and Library Assistants
Conclusion
References
Creation, Diffusion, and Utilization of Knowledge
Chapter Overview
Introduction
Information and Data
Knowledge
Creation of Knowledge
Dissemination
Diffusion
Utilization
Change and the Evolution of Professions
A Model for Explaining the Creation, Diffusion, and Utilization of Knowledge
Creating New Knowledge
Diffusion of Knowledge
Public Policy
Role of Professions in the Utilization of Knowledge
Implications for Information Professionals
Conclusion
References
The Role of Professionals as Change Agents
Chapter Overview
The Impact of Change on Society
Categories of Change
The Paradigm Shift in Western Society
The Paradigm Shift in Disciplines and Professions
Paradigm Shift in the Information Professions
Levels of User-Centered Services
Conclusion
References
The Science Supporting the Information Professions
Chapter Overview
Introduction
The Importance of Theory to Professionals
Levels of Theory
Characteristics Common to the Information Professions
The Science of the Information Professions
Policy and Environmental Context
Conclusion
References
Information Transfer in the Information Professions
Chapter Overview
Introduction to Information Transfer
A Closer Look at Information Transfer
Information Professions and Information Transfer
A Model for Managing an Information Utility
Community Information Infrastructure
Conclusion
References
The Cycle of Professional Service
Chapter Overview
Role of the Professional
The Diagnostic Process
Community Analysis
Conclusion
References
The Information Infrastructure
Chapter Overview
Definition of "Information Infrastructure"
A Model for Studying the Information Infrastructure: The Transportation Infrastructure
Elements of the Information Infrastructure
A Model for Analyzing the Information Infrastructure
A Model for the Technology and Information Infrastructure
Role of Information Professionals
Conclusion
References
The Processes and Functions of Information Professionals
Chapter Overview
The Importance of Customization
The Processes of Building a Collection of Resources
The Functions of Information Agencies
Levels of Service
Putting It All Together: The Role of the Professional
References
The Infrastructure of the Information Professions
Chapter Overview
Characteristics of a Profession
History
Body of Knowledge
Professional Associations
Literature of the Field
Professional Education
Accreditation
Guidelines for Service
Code of Ethics
Public Recognition
Taxonomy of the Information Professions
Conclusion
References
Trends and Issues
Chapter Overview
Introduction
Information Infrastructure Issues
Issues in Library/Information Education
Recent Studies in LIS Education
Conclusion
References
Professional Organizations
Professional Journals
Bibliography
Index

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