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Books for Librarians PDF - Library and Information Science

Books for Librarians pdf. Library and information science. Thousands of free online books on 80+ topics, for librarians and patrons.

Book Collections on Library Management and Library Science

Librarianship as a Career Books – Collection

About 160 free Librarianship career books at the Internet Archive. Some books: International Librarianship, Intro to Librarianship, Music Librarianship, Media Librarianship, College Librarianship, Entrepreneurial Librarianship, Research Methods in Librarianship, Handbook of Black Librarianship, Bibliography and Modern Librarianship, Map Librarianship Readings, Rare Book Librarianship, Reference Librarianship, Law Librarianship in the 21st Century, Intro to Health Sciences Librarianship, Libraries and Librarianship in the West: a brief history, Academic Librarianship by Design, Librarian’s Glossary and Reference Book, The Role of Women in Librarianship 1876-1976, Librarianship in Canada 1946-1967, Integrating Geographic Information Systems into Library Services, The National Electronic Library, The School Library Media Center, many more free online books on Librarianship.

Library Science Books – Collection

About 850 free Library Science books pdf from the Internet Archive. Some books: Library Services in Theory and Context, The American Public Library, Research Methods in Librarianship, The Library: an introduction for Library Assistants, Catholic Library World, The Future of the Research Library, Careers in a Library, Libraries and the Organization of Knowledge, A Student’s Manual of Bibliography, Librarians on the Information Superhighway, Handbook for Local Librarians, many more free eBooks on Library Science.

Public Library Administration – Collection

About 400 free public library administration books at the Internet Archive. Some books: Nonfiction Reader’s Advisory, Public Library Services to Business, The Public Library Start-Up Guide, The Dewey Decimal System, Book Discussions for Adults: a leader’s guide, Citizen Participation and Public Library Policy, A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests, Effective Resource Allocation for Public Libraries, Collection Development Policies and Procedures, The Readers’ Advisor’s Companion, Financing Public Library Buildings, Planning the Modern Public Library Building, Fundraising for the Small Public Library, Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction, The Complete Library Trustee Handbook, Administration of the Small Public Library, many more free books on Public Libraries.

School Libraries PDF – Collection

About 540 free School Libraries books from the Internet Archive. Some books: Activity Book for School Libraries, Book Selection for School Libraries, The Library in the School, Senior High School Library Catalog, Creating the New Elementary School Library Program, Tips and Other Bright Ideas for Secondary School Libraries, The School Library Media Center, Books Appeal: get teenagers into the school library, Reference Skills for the School Library Media Specialist, Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Books Kids Will Sit Still For, Children’s Catalog.

Library Administration PDF – Collection

About 250 Free Library Administration books pdf at the Internet Archive. Some books: Library and Information Center Management, Next-Gen Library Design, Lean Library Management, The Challenge of Library Management, Library Supervision, The Quality Library, Leadership Basics for Librarians, Library Management: A Case Study Approach.

Academic Libraries – Collection

About 490 free Academic Libraries books from the Internet Archive. Some books: Best Books for Academic Libraries (many volumes), Managing Change in Academic Libraries, Preparing Today’s Bibliographers for Tomorrow’s Libraries, Books for College Libraries, The Academic Librarian’s Human Resources Handbook, Restructuring Academic Libraries, Retrenchment in Canadian Academic Libraries, Mistakes in Academic Library Management, Planning Manual for Academic Library Buildings, Issues in Academic Librarianship, Interlibrary Loan in College Libraries, University Library Administration, Academic Research and Library Resources, many more free eBooks on Academic Libraries.

Collection of American Librarianship History – Library and Information Science Books PDF

65 Items

A free online collection compiled by a researcher at HathiTrust. It contains secondary sources in librarianship history in America, especially in regards to women’s careers in librarianship.

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Suggested Library Science Books

CORE BOOKS – Library Science Books PDF

Digital Collections Worldwide : An Annotated Directory

Aloi, Michael J.
Neal-Schuman 2011

The digitization of collections around the world offers tremendous opportunity for researchers on almost any subject. But how does one know what’s available? This extensively annotated and thoroughly indexed guide organizes and describes the contents of thousands of important digital collections around the globe.

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CILIP : The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Yearbook 2014-15

Beecroft, Kathryn, comp.
Facet Publishing 2015

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals represents the largest professional body of librarians and information professionals in the UK. Designed to complement the CILIP website, the Yearbook puts vital data on the key organization for information professionals at your fingertips.

Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching

Bell, Suzanne S.

Explores the fundamentals of online searching, including database structure, searching tips, and plenty of exercises and questions for practice. This guide includes representative databases covering social sciences, science and medicine, bibliographic, humanities, and numerical data.

Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources

Bemis, Michael F.
American Library Association 2014

“This unique annotated bibliography is a complete, up-to-date guide to sources of information on library science, covering recent books, monographs, periodicals and websites, and selected works of historical importance.”

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research

Bent, Moira J.
Facet Publishing 2016

Grounded in current theory and informed by practitioners from around the world, this practical book offers a wide range of ideas and methods to assist library and information professionals in developing and managing their role in the research environment.

American Library Directory, 2010-2011 (Vol 1)

– Volume 2

Bowker Publishing
Bowker 2010

Includes U.S. and Canadian public, academic, and special libraries arranged by state or province, city, and institution. Gives personnel and statistical data, subject interests, and special collections.

Social Media for Creative Libraries

Bradley, Phil
Facet Publishing 2015

Explains how librarians and information professionals can use online tools to communicate more effectively, teach people different skills and to market and promote their service faster, cheaper and more effectively. Packed with features and accompanied by introductory videos on the Facet Publishing YouTube channel.

Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with Your Whole Community

Brookover, Sophie
Information Today 2008

Pop culture blogger-librarians Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns define what pop culture is (and isn’t) and share insights, tips, techniques, and success stories from all types of libraries. You’ll discover practical strategies and ideas for incorporating the pop culture passions of your users into collections, programs, and services, plus a range of marketing and outreach ideas, technology tools, and ready-to-go programs you can start using today.

Essential Library of Congress Subject Headings

Broughton, Vanda
London : Facet Publishing 2012

Here’s a crucial resource for anyone unfamiliar with Library of Congress Subject Headings. This book provides not only their background and history but also their advantages and their limitations. You’ll learn the forms of entry, subject heading lists, main headings, compound headings, name headings, headings for literature, art, music, history and law, and subject headings in the online environment.

Successful Enquiry Answering Every Time : Thinking Your Way from Problem to Solution

Buckley Owen, Tim
Facet Publishing 2017

Designed to guide information professionals through all the stages of research, from finding out what the enquirer really wants, to providing a polished, value-added answer. This book is ideal for anyone who has to answer enquiries from users in any information role; those working in contact centers who are dealing with information enquiries, processing transactions or troubleshooting technical issues; and information professionals working on enquiry desks in large or small academic, public, school or special libraries.

Digitizing your Collection : Public Library Success Stories

Caro, Susanne
Chicago : ALA Editions 2016

Many libraries across the country have found ways to create wonderful digital collections, and this book shows you how you can too.

Reference and Information Services : An Introduction

Cassell, Kay Ann
Facet Publishing 2013

This is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics in reference provide a solid foundation. Chapters on ethics, readers’ advisory, and reference services for children and young adults. Website development and maintenance, RSS feeds, Social networking, Delivering reference services across multiple platforms.

Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Cassell, Kay Ann and Hiremath, Uma
Neal-Schuman 2006 Dewey Dec. 011

Identifying the resources in major subject areas and genres, this book shows students how to approach the reference query by matching specific types of questions to the most appropriate format. It addresses reference management basics: selection and evaluation of material, management of the reference department, and future trends.
TOC: Fundamental Concepts – Introduction to Major Reference Sources – Special Topics in Reference and Information Work – Developing and Managing Reference Collections and Services.

Library of Congress Classification (36 Volumes)

Cataloging Policy and Support Office Library Services
Library of Congress 2005-2012

The most recent complete schedule of LOC available free online at Internet Archive. Cataloging Library of Congress.

Dewey Decimal Classification: A Practical Guide

Chan, Lois Mai
Forest 1996 Dewey Dec. 025.4

A how-to manual for classifying books.
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification. Chapter 2. Structure and organization of the text of the Dewey Decimal Classification, edition 21. Chapter 3. Structure and organization of the schedules: notes and instructions. Chapter 4. Subject anlysis and classification of a document. Chapter 5. Using the manual. Chapter 6. Using the relative index. Chapter 7. Shynthesis of class number or practical number building. Chapter 8. Table 1: standard subdivisions. Chapter 9. Table 2: Geographic areas, historical periods, persons. Chapter 10. Using table 3 with individual literatures and other classes. Chapter 11. Table 4: Subdivisions of individual languages and table 6: Languages. Chapter 12. Table 5: Racial ethinic, national groups and table 7: groups ogroups of persons. Chapter 13. Number building for complex subjects.

Preserving our Heritage : Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age

Cloonan, Michele Valerie
Facet Publishing 2015

This volume provides a broad understanding of preservation for librarians, archivists, and museum specialists. Cloonan offers readers an overview of longevity, reversibility, enduring value, and authenticity of information preservation. Each section features historical works that form the basis of contemporary thinking and practices. Cloonan’s selections and insightful commentary on each facet of preservation comprise a truly global and current view of the field.

America’s Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000

Conaway, James
Yale Univ 2000 Dewey Dec. 027.5

The Library of Congress, considered by many to be the greatest library on earth, holds over 110 million items–books in 450 languages, irreplaceable national documents, priceless art works, and objects of cultural fascination. From a modest collection of 740 books purchased by the Congress in 1800, the Library has grown to house hundreds of miles of bookshelves. Laid end to end, they would stretch from Washington, D.C., to Chicago. This book tells the continuously interesting story of the first two hundred years of the Library of Congress. It is a vast history, filled with an immense cast of characters ranging from presidents, poets, journalists, and congressmen to collectors, artists, curators, and eccentrics.

An Introduction to Reference Services in Academic Libraries

Connor, Elizabeth, ed.
Haworth Information 2006

“An Introduction to Reference Services in Academic Libraries is a comprehensive textbook that presents compelling case studies and thought-provoking essays that teach the principles of reference services. Eighteen authorities from private and public academic libraries around the United States offer unique perspectives and solid information in an active learning format that requires students to think and learn. The book provides a stimulating starting point for those learning about planning, managing, and evaluating reference services.” – Book cover.

Copyright : Interpreting the Law for Libraries, Archives and Information Services

Cornish, Graham P.
Facet Publishing 2015

The standard work in its field and is indispensable for all librarians and information professionals and who are looking for solutions to their copyright problems. The book explains the provisions of the UK Copyright Act and supporting legislation in quick and easy question-and-answer form. Areas such as moral rights, originality, databases, and the use of broadcast material in education all receive detailed attention, along with Wikipedia, Creative Commons and Open Archives.

Going Beyond Google Again : Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web

Devine, Jane
London : Facet Publishing 2013

The Invisible Web, also known as the Deep Web, is a huge repository of underutilized resources that can be richly rewarding to searchers who make the effort to find them. Demonstrating why teaching the Invisible Web should be a requirement for information literacy education in the 21st century, here the authors expand on the teaching foundation provided in their first book. Intended for anyone who conducts research on the web, including students, teachers, information professionals, and general users.

Libraries and Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Facet Publishing
London : Facet Publishing 2015

This directory lists over 2000 libraries and other services in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, with contact names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, email addresses and URLs.

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The Handbook for Storytellers

Freeman, Judy
Chicago : ALA Editions 2015

Ideal for both beginners and more experienced storytellers, this exhaustive primer includes everything adults need to start sharing the wonder of stories with children, from babies to tweens. The lively text imparts easy-to-follow guidelines and practical advice on how, when, where, and why to tell stories. Each chapter incorporates a wealth of delectable folktales to read and tell, plus the authors’ hand-selected, annotated lists containing hundreds of classic and cutting edge children’s books, professional books, and relevant websites.

Fundamentals of Library Supervision

Giesecke, Joan
American Library Association 2010

Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive workplace as they weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in this complex and changing environment.

This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Johnson, Marilyn
Harper 2010

A romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Blunt and obscenely funny bloggers spill their stories in these pages, as do a tattooed, hard-partying children’s librarian; a fresh-scrubbed Catholic couple who teach missionaries to use computers; a blue-haired radical who uses her smartphone to help guide street protestors; a plethora of voluptuous avatars and cybrarians; the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI; and a boxing archivist.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

Johnson, Peggy
Chicago: ALA Editions 2018

An essential textbook for collection development and management … the first place to go for reliable and informative advice. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. A comprehensive introduction for LIS students, a primer for experienced librarians with new collection development and management responsibilities, and a handy reference resource for practitioners as they go about their day-to-day work.

Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress : Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies

Jones, Kyle M. L.
Chicago: American Library Association 2013

WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In this book Jones and Farrington, two web designer/librarians, explore the variety of ways libraries are implementing WordPress as a CMS, from simple “out-of-the-box” websites to large sites with many custom features.

Directories in Print

A descriptive guide to print and non-print directories, buyer’s guides, rosters, and other address lists of all kinds

– Volume 2

Karges, Ken
Thomson/Gale 2009

Volume 1 contains a chapter (page 631) on “Library and Information Sciences”, with information about many available directories of organizations in related fields.

Introduction to Reference Work, Vol 1: Basic Information Services

Vol 2: Reference Services and Reference Processes

Katz, William A.
McGraw-Hill 1997

“Vol 1 explains the basic reference processes and sources of information in today’s libraries. Vol 2 introduces the sophisticated and imaginative aspects of the complete reference process. It discusses the ongoing and important changes and developments in information technologies, particularly the role of the Internet in the reference process.” – Book cover.

The Atlas of New Librarianship

Lankes, R. David
MIT 2011

Today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.

ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science

Levine-Clark, Michael, ed.
Chicago : ALA Editions, American Library Association 2013

The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases. The 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.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress
Library of Congress 2016

“The Library of Congress no longer prints the full Subject Heading Listing. It makes printable files available for each portion of the listing. We have collected all 33 of these files into a single 54MB, 8,179 page PDF file for the convenience of users to use anywhere, anytime.” -Library of Congress.

Winning Grants: a How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Multimedia Tutorials and Grant Development Tools

MacKellar, Pamela H.
Neal Schuman 2010

Written by two experts who have won millions in grants from an astonishing variety of funding sources, Winning Grants is a combination workbook, how-to-manual, and multimedia workshop.

Developing Digital Scholarship : Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries

Mackenzie, Alison, ed.
Facet Publishing 2016

The impact of digital on libraries has extended far beyond its transformation of content, to the development of services, the extension and enhancement of access to research and to teaching and learning systems. This edited collection spans a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights and case studies, which explore the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries and professional practice.

Introduction to Public Librarianship

McCook, Kathleen de la Pena
Neal-Schuman 2011

Discover the rich history, current challenges, and future possibilities of public library services. This is the second edition of author Kathleen de la Pena McCook’s groundbreaking one-of-a-kind resource that is used in libraries and universities across the nation and definitively sets the standard for public librarianship literature. McCook covers every aspect of the public library, from its earliest history to its current incarnation in the 21st century information environment.

Subject Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers – Vol 1

Miskelly, Matthew
Thomson Gale 2004 Dewey Dec. 026

This volume contains Business, Government and Law libraries, including Military, Transportation and Urban/Regional Planning Libraries. “Volume 1, in three parts, provides . . . contact and descriptive information on more than 35,800 subject-specific resource collections maintained by various government agencies, businesses, publishers, educational and nonprofit organizations, and associations around the world.” – Publisher.

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Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22 (Vol 1)

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

Mitchell, Joan S. et al.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center 2003 Dewey Dec. 025.4

The full set of manuals for classifying library books. V. 1. Manual. Tables — v. 2. Schedules 000-599 — v. 3. Schedules 600-999 — v. 4. Relative index. Reference work for cataloging books in libraries.

The Library Innovation Toolkit : Ideas, Strategies, and Programs

Molaro, Anthony, ed.
Chicago : ALA Editions 2015

This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions. This valuable sourcebook encourages readers to take big risks, ask deeper questions, strive for better service, and dream bigger ideas.

Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers

Padfield, Timothy
Facet Publishing 2015

As an archivist or records manager it is essential to keep up to date with the complexities of copyright legislation, and Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers will prove an invaluable tool in enabling you to do so. What is copyright? Who owns it and for how long? What rights does it confer, and what are the limitations and exceptions? This comprehensive manual uniquely outlines copyright law in the UK with special reference to materials relevant to archive and records collections such as maps, legal records, records of local authorities, records of churches and faiths, most notably unpublished works.

No Shelf Required: e-Books in Libraries

Polanka, Sue
American Library Association 2011

With the introduction of e-book readers, the e-book has become mainstream. But what place do they have in the library? In this volume, Polanka brings together a variety of professionals to share their experience about e-books with librarians and publishers.

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Foundations of Library and Information Science

Rubin, Richard
ALA Neal-Schuman 2016

Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, this book illuminates the major facets of library and information science for aspiring professionals as well as those already practicing in the field.

Neal-Schuman Internet Policy Handbook for Libraries

Smith, Mark
Neal-Schuman 1999 Dewey Dec. 025

The introduction of public Internet access has raised a host of policy questions for librarians, such as: where should terminals be located?; how can users be trained?; and how can copyright violations, sexual harassment and other inappropriate uses be prevented? Beginning with an overview of the policy development and implementation process, this handbook identifies policy options – and the pros and cons of each option – for a wide range of issues. Individual sections then deal with physical considerations, access issues, acceptable use policies, filters and training. Additional material on measuring use, handling challenges to library policies and procedures, and a compendium of representative library policies should make this book a useful reference for any library offering Internet access.

Managing Library Employees: A How-To-Do-It Manual

Stanley, Mary J.
Neal-Schuman 2008

Whether the HR function in your library is handled by an entire department, or a single individual, this nuts-and-bolts primer is a treasure trove of templates, forms, samples, and checklists that you can start using today. Organized in a Q&A format for quick reference, the author asks the everyday questions that few other guides bother to address. From the basics of hiring and firing, training, evaluation, legal requirements, recruitment and retention to hot topics like attracting minorities to librarianship, the “graying” of the library workforce, technologies useful for HR tasks, and more, this book gives you the full range of need-to-know information.

Making the Most of Your Library Career

Stickell, Lois, ed.
Chicago : ALA Editions, American Library Association 2014

An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of “what it’s really like out there.” Those new to the field will find the contributors’ seasoned advice both inspiring and practical, while veterans of the profession will find guidance on retuning their careers in librarianship’s changing environment.

Education for Library Cataloging : International Perspectives

Sun, Dajin D.
Haworth Information 2006

Examines the global development of educational programs for cataloging and classification in the library and information field. Library school faculty and professional librarians from more than 20 countries discuss a wide range of topics, including formal school and continuing education of catalog librarians, education and training for paraprofessional staff in cataloging and technical services, changes in library school programs, and metadata and information organization instruction.

The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

Varnum, Kenneth
London : Facet Publishing 2014

While it’s inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it’s a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That’s just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits.

Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services : A Handbook

Walsh, Andrew
London : Facet Publishing 2012

Packed with easy to implement ideas, practical examples and international case studies, this provides you with the ultimate toolkit, exploring ideas as simple as renewals and reminders to the more complex such as access to e-books and virtual worlds. Jargon-free coverage of the background and context to mobile delivery will enable you to fully understand the challenges and embrace the opportunities, getting to grips with critical issues such as what sort of services users really want.

Adult Learners Welcome Here : A Handbook for Librarians and Literacy Teachers

Weibel, Marguerite Crowley
Neal-Schuman 2007

Designed to help librarians connect new adult readers with books and to acquaint literacy teachers with materials generally available in their public library. This book outlines the library’s role in fostering adult literacy and shows how popular library materials can be used by librarians and teachers in new and innovative ways.

The American Library Association Guide to Information Access: A Complete Research Handbook and Directory

Whiteley, Sandra, ed.
Random House 1994

The American Library Association Guide to Information Access is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use tool for researching facts and topics. It provides not only a thorough coverage of the print sources but also of the electronic sources that have revolutionized the research field. It is, in fact, the first major research guidebook to do so. Whether the researcher is a student, educator, legal or medical professional, financial or marketing executive, journalist, hobbyist, scholar, writer, or just someone trying to find out more about an area of special interest, this book is the place to start. The traditional research sources – libraries, archives, newspapers, government publications, and government agencies – are examined in detail, as are all the methods of accessing them, from the printed word to electronic databases.

The Whole School Library Handbook 2

Woolls, Blanche, ed.
Chicago: ALA Editions 2013

Articles from dozens of respected authors and experts, culled from popular journals such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Journal, cover everything of interest to the contemporary school librarian. Covers a wide range of important information in one handy volume.

Open Access Textbooks in Library Science

Open Access Textbooks

Open Access textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used, and were published or updated in recent years. You may also find here other learning resources, such as course lesson plans.

Library and Information Studies

Annie Knight
Achieving the Dream

This text is an introduction a variety of information literacy skills as they relate to library and information science.

Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines

Barbara J. D’Angelo, Barry Maid, Sandra Jamieson
WAC Clearinghouse 2019

This collection brings together scholarship and pedagogy from multiple perspectives and disciplines, offering nuanced and complex perspectives on Information Literacy in the second decade of the 21st century.

Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives

Carla Myers, Cindy Kristof, et al
Minnesota Libraries 2021

This open textbook is designed specifically for library and information science courses and is authored and edited by copyright experts in libraries.

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Andrew T. Kenyon, Emily Hudson, Petr B. Hirtle
Cornell Univ. 2021

This is a full length monograph aimed at helping libraries, archives, and museums navigate copyright law involving digitization. In the course of the book, though, the authors helpfully unpack many areas of copyright law including Section 108 of the Copyright Act, Fair Use, Licensing, and Risk Management.

Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society—Cases and Materials

James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins
CALI 2021

This book is an introduction to intellectual property law, the set of private legal rights that allows individuals and corporations to control intangible creations and marks—from logos to novels to drug formulae—and the exceptions and limitations that define those rights.

Library 160: Introduction to College-Level Research

Iowa State Univ. Library Instruction Services
Iowa State Univ. 2021

You will learn how scholarly information is produced, organized, and accessed; how to construct and use effective search strategies in a variety of web tools and scholarly databases; how to choose finding tools appropriate to the type of information you need; critical thinking skills in the evaluation of resources; and best practices in the ethical use of information.

The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook

Allison Hosier, Daryl Bullis, et al
Milne 2015

Introduces students to critical concepts of information literacy as defined for the information-infused and technology-rich environment in which they find themselves. This book helps students examine their roles as information creators and sharers and enables them to more effectively deploy related skills.

Vintage Library Science Books

VINTAGE BOOKS – Library Science

Small Library Buildings

A Collection of Plans Contributed by the League of Library Commissions

A.L.A. Publishing Board
A.L.A. Publishing Board 1908 Dewey Dec. 022

Basic floor plans, photos and information are provided for 18 public libraries and two college libraries, all of which had been constructed within a few years before this booklet’s publication in 1908. The editor provides 15 pages of advice for designing and constructing a small library.

Abridged Decimal Classification and Relative Index for Libraries, Clippings, Notes, etc.

Dewey, Melvil
Forest Press 1915

The Public Library Movement in the United States, 1853-1893

From 1876, Reminiscences of the Writer

Green, Samuel Swett
Boston Book 1913

The author was associated with the Free Public Library in Worcester, MA since 1867, and a member of the governing body of the American Library Association (A.L.A.) since 1876. In 1891 he was chosen President of the A.L.A. Librarianship history.

A Book of Carnegie Libraries

Koch, Theodore Wesley
Wilson 1917

Plans and illustrations of typical Carnegie buildings to 1907, with explanations and descriptions.- A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921.

Collection of Book Directories

Books about Books and Reading – Collection

About 3,400 free books about books and reading from the Internet Archive. This collection includes books for all ages, and both fiction and nonfiction. Some books: Great Books for Every Book Lover, The Digested Read, The Booklover’s Book List, 100 Books that Shaped World History, Readers Reading and Librarians, Reading in Bed, The Delights of Reading, When Writers First Learned to Read, The Book of Great Reads: A Guide to 100 World Classics, Books Kids will Sit Still For, The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age, The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and other Greedy Readers, Reading with Oprah, more ebooks about readers and reading.

Suggested Book Directories, Book Catalogs

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers

Graff Hysell, Shannon
Libraries Unlimited 2014

Part I: General reference works — 1 — General reference works.
Part II: Social sciences — 2 — Social sciences in general — 3 — Area studies — 4 — Economics and business — 5 — Education — 6 — Ethinic studies and anthropology — 7 — Genealogy and heraldry — 8 — Geography and travel guides — 9 — History — 10 — Law — 11 — Library and information science and publishing and bookselling — 12 — Military studies — 13 — Political science — 14 — Psychology, parapsychology, and occultism — 15 — Recreation and sports — 16 — Sociology — 17 — Statistics, demography, and urban studies — 18 — Women’s studies.
Part III: Humanities — 19 — Humanities in general — 20 — Communication and mass media — 21 — Decorative arts — 22 — Fine arts — 23 — Language and linguistics — 24 — Literature — 25 — Music — 26 — Mythology, folklore, and popular culture — 27 — Performing arts — 28 — Philosophy and religion.
Part IV: Science and technology — 29 — Science and technology in general — 30 — Agricultural sciences — 31 — Biological sciences — 32 — Engineering — 33 — Health sciences — 34 — Technology — 35 — Physical sciences and mathematics — 36 — Resource sciences — 37 — Transportation.

Magazines for Libraries (23rd edition)

LaGuardia, Cheryl
ProQuest 2014

“For the general reader and school, junior college, college, university and public libraries.”

Fiction Core Collection (17th edition, 2014)

Fiction Core Collection (16th edition, 2010)

Fiction Catalog (15th edition, 2006)

Fiction Catalog (14th edition, 2001)

Fiction Catalog (13th edition, 1996)

Fiction Catalog (7th edition, 1960)

Fiction Catalog (1950 edition)

Fiction Catalog (1941 edition)

Fiction Catalog (1911 edition)

Various editors
H. W. Wilson 1911-2006

The publisher H.W. Wilson has been producing catalogs for librarians of several types of books since the early 20th century. Here are several editions of Wilson’s Fiction Core Collection, formerly known as the Fiction Catalog. Description from the 17th edition Preface: “The items in the Fiction Core Collection are considered appropriate for libraries serving adult readers and have been selected with guidance from review sources and the advice of librarian advisors with expertise in fiction. Titles selected for inclusion include popular works deemed to have lasting value to readers as well as new literary and genre titles that have been recognized as significant achievements in their respected areas of literature.”

Children’s Core Collection (22nd edition, 2015)

Children’s Core Collection (21st edition, 2014)

Children’s Core Collection (20th edition, 2010)

Corsaro, Julie, et al. eds.
H. W. Wilson 2010-2015

Description from the 21st edition: “A comprehensive list of fiction and nonfiction books recommended for children from preschool through grade six, together with professional aids for librarians and library media specialists.”

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Middle and Junior High Core Collection (10th edition, 2009)

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog (9th edition, 2005)

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog (8th edition, 2000)

Price, Ann, comp.
Wilson 2000-2009

The Collection (formerly titled the Catalog) is a “comprehensive list of more than 8,000 recommended fiction and nonfiction books for middle and junior high students, along with professional aids for librarians and school media specialists.”

Senior High Core Collection (17th edition, 2007

Senior High School Library Catalog (16th edition, 2002)

Various editors
Wilson 2002-2007

From the 16th Edition: “A comprehensive list of fiction and nonfiction books for young people in grades nine through twelve, along with review sources and other professional aids for high school librarians and school media specialists. Includes appr. 6,000 books and over 8,000 analytical entries for stories, plays, and other items contained in anthologies.” -Book cover.

Young Adult Fiction Core Collection

Corsaro, Julie, et al. eds.
H. W. Wilson 2015

1st Edition. A selected list of fiction books recommended for young adults, excerpted from the Middle & Junior High and Senior High Core Collections, published by H.W. Wilson (now from Grey House Publishing).

Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction (14th edition, 2013)

A Selection guide to Reference Books and Adult Nonfiction

Public Library Catalog (9th edition, 1989

Various Editors
H. W. Wilson 1989-2013

14th Edition. “A comprehensive list of nearly twelve thousand nonfiction titles recommended for the public library collection, selected for their merit by collection development specialists. Titles include informative works, narrative nonfiction, reference works, and professional aids for librarians and staff.” -Book cover.

Vintage Librarian Reference Books

VINTAGE BOOKS – What is Librarianship?

Appleton’s Library Manual …

containing a catalogue raisonne of upwards of twelve thousand of the most important works in every department of knowledge, in all modern languages.

Appleton 1852

Part 1: Subjects – alphabetically arranged
Part 2: Biography, classics, miscellanies, and index to Part 1.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.

A. L. A. Catalog, 1926

An annotated basic list of 10,000 books

Cooper, Isabella M., ed.
Chicago: American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1926

The American Library Association began publishing catalogs of recommended books in 1893, and afterward continued to publish what were essentially updates. According to the editor, this 1926 edition was the first comprehensive effort since 1893 to select works “covering the entire range of literature on all subjects of all time.”

United States Catalog; Books in Print 1902

Potter, M. E., ed.
Wilson 1903

Entries under author, subject and title, in one alphabet, with particulars of binding, price, date and publisher. Covers much the same ground as indexes of Publishers’ trade list annual, but includes some additional minor publishers. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904.

The Best Books. A Reader’s Guide and Literary Reference book, Being a Contribution towards Systematic Bibliography (3 vols) – Books for Librarians PDF

Sonnenschein, William Swan
London: Routledge 3rd edition 1910-1923

Publisher’s note: “This, the final edition of the late Mr William Swan Sonnenschein’s ‘The Best Books’, the first edition of which appeared in 1887, records some 150,000 works, with dates of the first and last editions, and price, size and publishers’ names, English and American. It contains also Index, Synopsis of Classification, Table of Abbreviations, etc., and List of British Publishers, Learned Societies, etc.”.

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