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This comprehensive book prepares readers for a changing profession in the library and information field, presenting a holistic approach that examines theories and models and utilizes creative problem-solving strategies. * Provides a current, detailed, and creative introduction to the library and information profession for students in LIS programs as well as practicing professionals seeking continuing education * Presents a framework for thinking about the library and information profession through thoughtful models and theories, which place it in the context of general service professions in society * Builds upon the works of such professional luminaries as Pierce Butler, Verner Clapp, Ralph Shaw, and Jesse Shera to create expanded theories and updated models
Roger C. Greer, MLS, PhD, is dean emeritus of the School of Library and Information Management at University of Southern California, former dean at Syracuse University, and professor emeritus at Emporia State University. Robert J. Grover, MLS, PhD, was associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at Emporia State University, where he had held the position of dean and professor of the School of Library and Information Management. Susan G. Fowler, MLS, teaches at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, KS, and remains active in the information consulting business she founded in 1993.
Preface Chapter 1: 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: Convergence and Divergences Similarities and Differences among the Information Professions Characteristics of a Profession Library Technicians and Library Assistants Conclusion References Chapter 2: 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 Summary References Chapter 3: The Role of Professionals as Change Agents 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 Chapter 4: The Science Supporting the Information Professions Chapter Overview 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 Chapter 5: 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 Chapter 6: The Cycle of Professional Service Chapter Overview Role of the Professional The Diagnostic Process Diagnosing Information Use Behaviors Theory Base for Diagnosis Implications for Practitioners The Environmental Context Community Analysis Putting the Information to Work Conclusion References Chapter 7: 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 Chapter 8: 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 Chapter 9: 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 Chapter 10: Trends and Issues Chapter Overview Introduction Information Infrastructure Issues Issues in Library/Information Education Recent Studies in LIS Education Conclusion References Appendix A: Codes of Ethics Appendix B: Professional Organizations Appendix C: Professional Journals Bibliography Index
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