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ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition
Edited by Michael Levine-Clark and Toni M. Carter
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1111-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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288 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1111-2
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, Z
The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases—and there are so many floating around that even just reading an article in a professional journal can bewilder experienced librarians, to say nothing of those new to the profession!

Featuring thousands of revised and brand new entries, the fourth edition of ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science presents a thorough yet concise guide to the specific words that describe the materials, processes and systems relevant to the field of librarianship. A panel of experts from across the LIS world have thoroughly updated the glossary to include the latest technology- and internet-related terms, covering metadata, licensing, electronic resources, instruction, assessment, readers’ advisory, and electronic workflow. This book will become an essential part of every library’s and librarian’s reference collection and will also be a blessing for LIS students and recent graduates.
About the Editors

Michael Levine-Clark is the collections librarian at the University of Denver’s Penrose Library and has also held positions as a reference and documents librarian. He has an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois, and an MA in history from the University of Iowa. He has recently completed a two-year term as the president of the Faculty Senate at the University of Denver, and has also held elected positions in RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and currently serves as coeditor for scholarly articles. He has published and presented widely on various aspects of collections use and analysis, and is particularly interested in how these analyses can inform practice.

Toni M. Carter is an instruction and reference librarian at Auburn University in Alabama. She holds a master’s degree in library and information studies and an MA in history from the University of Alabama. Her undergraduate degrees in history and sociology are from the University of North Alabama. She previously worked as a librarian at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader and currently serves as chair of the ALA Scholarship and Study Grants Committee.

Contributing Editors

Jennifer A. Bartlett, Head of Reference Services, University of Kentucky Libraries
Robert Cagna, Library Director, West Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charleston
Sandra Macke, Catalog Librarian, University of Denver Libraries
Carol A. Reichardt, Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian, J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University
Kay Vyhnanek, Associate Professor and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Washington State University


”A welcome addition to the librarian’s bookshelf … recommended as a useful reference tool."
— Australian Library Journal

”A good primer for those, both in and out of the discipline, whether an MLIS student or a newer member to a library team, who want to learn more about the other side of operations. It is also a refresher for established library and information professionals, as it provides a common language and concise definitions for those in specific areas, say in public services, who want to understand more about a technical aspect of librarianship. It is one-stop shopping, scaling the infrastructure from ground operations up to administrative teams."
— Reference Reviews

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