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"Library science and "information science are two closely related and often intersecting disciplines that deal primarily with the organization and retrieval of "information.

Library science is an "interdisciplinary "social science incorporating the "humanities, "law and "applied science and studying topics related to "libraries; the collection, organization and dissemination of information resources; and the "political economy of information. Library science has also historically included "archival science, although a conceptual distinction between libraries and "archives has evolved over time.

Amongst the varied topics of study that fall within library science: how information resources are organized to serve the needs of select user groups; how people interact with classification systems and technology; how information is acquired, evaluated and applied by people in and outside of libraries as well as cross-culturally; how people are trained and educated for careers in libraries; the "ethics that guide library service and organization; the legal status of libraries and information resources, and the applied science of "information technology used in "documentation and "records management. Library science is constantly evolving, incorporating new topics like "database management, "information architecture and "knowledge management.

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Information science (also referred to as information studies) is an "interdisciplinary science primarily concerned with the collection, "classification, manipulation, storage, "retrieval and dissemination of "information. Information science studies the application and usage of knowledge in "organizations, and the interaction between people, organizations and "information systems. It is often, though not exclusively, studied as a branch of "computer science or "informatics and is closely related to the "cognitive and "social sciences.

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""Front entrance to the Cleveland Public Library's central location on Superior Avenue
Linda Anne Eastman (17 July 1867-5 April 1963)[1] was an American "librarian. She was selected by the "American Library Association as one of the 100 most important librarians of the 20th century.[2]

Eastman served as the head Librarian of the "Cleveland Public Library from 1918 to 1938 and president of the "American Library Association from 1928 to 1929. At the time of her appointment in Cleveland, she was the first woman to head a library system the size of Cleveland’s.[3] She was also a founding member and later president of the Ohio Library Association, and a professor of Library Science at "Case Western Reserve University.

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The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library.
— "Ashleigh Brilliant, unknown
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"Sanford Berman (b. October 6, 1933) is an outspoken, radical "librarian (cataloger) known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via public speaking, voluminous correspondence, and unsolicited "care packages" delivered via the U.S. Postal Service. Will Manley, columnist for the "American Library Association publication "American Libraries, referred to Berman as a 'bibliographic warrior.'

The spark of Berman's cataloging revolution was the inclusion in "Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) of the term "kaffir, which he came across while working in Zambia : "Berman was told by offended "black fellow-workers that calling someone a kafir was similar to being called a "nigger in "America."

This motivated him to systematically address subject heading bias in his work at "Hennepin County Library and in writing "Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People."

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In the news

  • March,2012, Muhammad Shahid Soroya elected as President Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (PULISAA) in Pakistan
  • September 21, 2011 - Library vendor "OverDrive, Inc. adds "Amazon Kindle compatible "E-books to public and school libraries, allowing library lending over Amazon's Whispernet technology.(OverDrive)

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""Sainte-Geneviève Library
Image credit: "Marie-Lan Nguyen
The "Sainte-Geneviève Library is a public and university library in "Paris, which inherited the collection of the "Abbey of St Genevieve. It contains around 2 million documents. The current building has been designed and built between 1838 and 1850 by "Henri Labrouste.
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Topics in library and information science

The following "outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to library science:

"Library science – study of issues related to "libraries and the information fields. This includes academic studies regarding how library resources are used and how people interact with library systems. The organization of knowledge for efficient retrieval of relevant information is also a major research goal of library science. Being interdisciplinary, it overlaps with "computer science, various "social sciences, "statistics, and systems analysis. It is also called "library and information science", abbreviated "LIS".

Essence of library science

Branches of library science

Types of library-science professionals

History of library science

"History of library science

Types of libraries

Specific libraries

Library resources

Information media

Types of publications

Catalogs and indexes

Information science

Organization of information

Electronic information storage and retrieval



"Scientometrics – studies quantitative aspects of science



Information and society

Library operations and management

"Library management

Research methods

Organizing and searching Wikipedia

Selection and acquisition of library materials



Other library services and processes

Politics of library science

Legal issues


Legal precedents

Social issues

Education and training

"Education for librarianship

Academic courses in library science

Professional organizations

Notable people in library science

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  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History"
  2. ^ “100 of the most important leaders we had in the 20th century”
  3. ^ “Encyclopedia of Cleveland History”
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