020: Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard Rubin

by Gerard


020.0973: Rubin, Richard. Foundations of Library and Information Science, 2nd Edition. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2004. 571 pp. ISBN 1-55570-518-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 000: Computer Science, Information, and General Works
  • 020: Library and information sciences
  • +0973: United States

First of all, yes, this is a textbook, so it already loses points for excitement and story-telling. But, aside from that, if you want to learn the complete basics of library science, then Richard Rubin’s Foundations of Library and Information Science is a great start. I had the opportunity to study under Dr. Rubin at Kent State, so this book reminded me of that time a great deal. Reading it straight through in less than a week is not advised, however. It’s meant to be sampled and discussed over the course of three or four months. It gives a comprehensive history of all kinds of libraries (public, special, school, etc.) and their service to the public as well as new avenues (at least new in 2004) of growth, research, and technology. FRBR and massive online databases had finally matured somewhat, so an interesting amount of the material covers those. It’s a little dry, and the author tries to break up the monotony with a few jokes here and there, but it’s the passion of the author that stands out. Passages on the ethics and morals of libraries and librarians speak volume about where we are as a society and how information should be handled. If this is the textbook for your class, then you will have all the information you need about the field. A thick, educational book.