Comparative studies in information and library science published in the past ten years have reflected a broad spectrum of backgrounds, interests, and issues. But until now, services between different countries have never been gathered or organized into a single source. As demand from researchers, students, directors, and practitioners for literature in this field continues to grow, the need for a focused book on international and comparative librarianship has become more evident. Authors Yan Quan Liu and Xiaojun Cheng address this gap as it pertains to Asian nations. This contributed volume, International and Comparative Studies in Information and Library Science: A Focus on the United States and Asian Countries, addresses such issues as research methodologies, information policy, professional education, information organization, as well as school, academic, and public libraries. The book also features a comprehensive bibliography of related articles, books, proceedings, and other publications in both English and Chinese.
In addition, this volume features four appendixes that include lists of the curriculum, journal titles, conferences, and websites relating to international and comparative librarianship available at the time of publication.
Yan Quan Liu is Associate Professor in the Department of Information & Library Science at the Southern Connecticut State University. Xiaojun Cheng is the education librarian at the Southern Connecticut State University.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Introduction Part 5 Part 1: Research Methodologies Chapter 6 1. Comparative Librarianship Chapter 7 2. International Library and Information Science Research: A Comparison of National Trends Chapter 8 3. Comparison between the People's Republic of China and the United States in the Field of Library and Information Science Chapter 9 4. Introducing an International Cooperative Research Method Employed in Cross-Country Studies in Information and Library Science Part 10 Part 2: Information Policy Chapter 11 5. The Impact of National Policy on Developing Information Infrastructure Nationwide: Issues in the People's Republic of China and the United States Part 12 Part 3: Professional Education Chapter 13 6. Is the Education on Digital Libraries Adequate? Chapter 14 7. An Investigation of LIS Qualifications throughout the World Chapter 15 8. A Comparative Study of Library and Information Science Education: China and the United States Chapter 16 9. A Comparison Study on the Confusion and Threat of the United States and Chinese Library Education Chapter 17 10. Motivation to Manage: A Comparative Study of Male and Female Library and Information Science Students in the United States of America, India, Singapore, and Japan Part 18 Part 4: Information Organization and Services Chapter 19 11. Digital Library Infrastructure: A Case Study on Sharing Information Resources in China Chapter 20 12. Cataloging Nonprint Resources in the United States and China: A Comparative Study of Organization and Access for Selected Electronic and Audiovisual Resources Part 21 Part 5: Academic Libraries Chapter 22 13. A Comparative Study of the Use of the Academic Libraries by Undergraduates in the United States and Taiwan Part 23 Part 6: Public Libraries Chapter 24 14. International Public Library Trends Chapter 25 15. The Use of the National Library Statistics by Public Library Directors Chapter 26 16. National Public Library Statistics and Management: A Comparison between the United States and People's Republic of China Part 27 Part 7: School Libraries Chapter 28 17. Teachers' Perceptions of School Libraries: Comparisons between Tokyo and Honolulu Chapter 29 18. An International Study on Principal Influence and Information Services in Schools: Synergy in Themes and Methods Part 30 Appendix A: Schools Offering International and Comparative Librarianship Related Courses Part 31 Appendix B: Journals Pertaining to International and Comparative Studies in ILS Part 32 Appendix C: International Conferences on Information and Library Science Part 33 Appendix D: Web Resources Relating to Information and Library Science Worldwide Part 34 Bibliography Part 35 Index Part 36 About the Editors