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Library and Information Sciences

Trends and Research

  • Explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age

  • Features cutting-edge research conducted by representatives from international organizations and established experts in LIS from China’s perspective

  • Includes abundant case studies

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Information Profession and Information Literacy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. A Group Discussion on Information Literacy

      • Jason Phelps, Steve Van Tuyl, Gladys Joy E., Martin Julius V. Perez, Joseph M. Yap, Lihong Zhou et al.
      Pages 21-28Open Access
  3. Trends of Library and Information Sciences Education

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. iSchools & the iSchool at Syracuse University

      • Elizabeth D. Liddy
      Pages 31-37Open Access
  4. Information Seeking and Retrieval

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 39-39
    2. Visual Data Mining in a Q&A Based Social Media Website

      • Jin Zhang, Yiming Zhao
      Pages 41-55Open Access
  5. Informatics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Knowledge Discovery of Complex Networks Research Literatures

      • Fei-Cheng Ma, Peng-Hui Lyu, Xiao-Guang Wang
      Pages 119-135Open Access
  6. Development of World Libraries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 161-161
    2. The Development of East Asian Libraries in North America

      • Eugene W. Wu
      Pages 163-177Open Access

About this book

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a result, readers will discover the LIS issues and concerns that China and the international community have in common.

The book first introduces the opportunities and challenges faced by the library and information literacy profession and discusses the key role of librarians in the future of information literacy education. Next, it covers trends in LIS education by examining the vision of the iSchool movement and detailing its practice in Syracuse University.

The book then covers issues in information seeking and retrieval by showing how visual data mining technology can be used to detect the relationship and pattern between terms on the Q&A of a social media site. It also includes a case study regarding tracing information seeking behavior and usage on a multimedia website.

Next, the book stresses the importance of building an academic accreditation framework for scientific datasets, explores the relationship between bibliometrics and university rankings, and details the birth and development of East Asian Libraries in North America.

Overall, the book offers readers insight into the changing nature of LIS, including the electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the Internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today's library personnel.


  • Information Literacy
  • Information Profession
  • Information Retrieval
  • Informatrics
  • LIS Education
  • Trends

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

    Chuanfu Chen

  • School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

    Ronald Larsen

About the editors

Dr. Chuanfu Chen is a professor in LIS of School of Information Management, and the Dean of Undergraduate College of Wuhan University, China. Previously, he was the Dean of School of Information Management of Wuhan University. He received his BA, MA in Library Science and Ph.D. in International Law from Wuhan University. He was a visiting researcher at University of Washington, UC Berkeley, USA and The University Paris-Sud 11, France. He is the author of a great number of books, book chapters or journal articles in the field of LIS. He has won an array of awards including the 1st class of Awarded for Social Science Research in Chinese Universities and Colleges in 2006. He was approved Changjiang Scholar Professor by Ministry of Education of China He has a major interest and expertise in library development, information resources management and intellectual property. He is also a deputy President of China Society for Library Science.

Ronald Larsen is the Dean and professor of School of Information Sciences at University of Pittsburgh from 2002. Previously, he was Executive Director for Maryland Applied Information Technology Initiative from 1999 to 2002, and Deputy Director for Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Lab, a component laboratory of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) from Apr. 2001 to July 2002. He was One of University of Maryland 's Top 100 Grant Winners for 1999, 2000, and 2001. He has research interests in digital libraries, interoperability, scalability, cross-lingual information retrieval, and so on.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Library and Information Sciences

  • Book Subtitle: Trends and Research

  • Editors: Chuanfu Chen, Ronald Larsen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2014

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-642-54811-6Published: 13 October 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-51490-0Published: 24 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-54812-3Published: 30 September 2014

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 177

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Business and Management, Library Science, Literacy

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)