Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Information Profession and Information Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jason Phelps, Steve Van Tuyl, Gladys Joy E., Martin Julius V. Perez, Joseph M. Yap, Lihong Zhou et al.
      Pages 21-28 Open Access
  3. Trends of Library and Information Sciences Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Elizabeth D. Liddy
      Pages 31-37 Open Access
  4. Information Seeking and Retrieval

  5. Informatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Fei-Cheng Ma, Peng-Hui Lyu, Xiao-Guang Wang
      Pages 119-135 Open Access
  6. Development of World Libraries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Eugene W. Wu
      Pages 163-177 Open 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

  • Chuanfu Chen
    • 1
  • Ronald Larsen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Information ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.School of Information SciencesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2014
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54811-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54812-3
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