For immediate release | December 15, 2015

A new edition of Richard E. Rubin’s benchmark LIS text

CHICAGO— Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, the new fourth edition of Richard E. Rubin’s “Foundations of Library and Information Science,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a firm foundation of knowledge and guidance for LIS students and professionals alike. Responding to the many changes occurring both in the field and in society at large, this text includes comprehensive coverage of

  • the history and mission of libraries, from past to present;
  • digital devices, social networking, and other technology;
  • the impact of digital publishing on the publishing industry and the effects of e-books on libraries
  • values and ethics of the profession;
  • how library services have evolved in the areas of virtual reference, embedded librarianship, digital access and repositories, digital preservation, and civic engagement;
  • new and ongoing efforts to organize knowledge, such as FRBR, RDA: Resource Description and Access, BIBFRAME, the Semantic Web, and the Next Generation Catalog (Catalog 2.0);
  • the significance of the digital divide and policy issues related to broadband access and network neutrality;
  • the concept of intellectual freedom, and how it plays out in the real world;
  • legal developments like new interpretations of copyright related to mass digitization of books (Google Books) and scholarly articles;
  • the continuing tensions in LIS education between information science and library science; and
  • initiatives to integrate libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs);

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Rubin served as Director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, from 1999–2010, and subsequently became Associate Provost for Extended (Online) Education at KSU until his retirement in 2013. He has spoken and presented at workshops throughout the United States, and has been active in professional associations on the national and local level, including serving as a member and Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation. He is the author of numerous publications, including three books for ALA Neal-Schuman, “Human Resources Management in Libraries: Theory and Practice,” “Hiring Library Employees,” and the previous three editions of “Foundations of Library and Information Science.” His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Library Quarterly and Library and Information Science Research.

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