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Library and Information Science Text Series

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Ago 22, 2008, 8:01pm

I'm taking four classes in my first semester at UNC, and three of those classes are using books from the Library and Information Science Text series. I'm using Library and Information Center Management, Developing Library and Information Center Collections, and Introduction to Cataloging and Classification. I think it strange that my program seems to be relying so heavily on one publisher; I could see a certain slanted style. Mind you, UNC has a top-notch program and it's not like the text itself is our only resource. Are a lot of other folks using these texts? I realize that the library science market is not so lucrative for publishers as, say, the biology market, but what a monopoly!

Ago 22, 2008, 8:26pm

I went to library school ten years ago (URI), and had exactly the same texts. There's another publisher that offers more practical titles but those were never used as textbooks.

Set 18, 2008, 8:08pm

In the USF LIS degree program we had this series of books assigned as well. There seems to be some value contained in these books, but not enough to justify their cost. I found the lectures and discussions far more useful than the content of the books in the series...

Set 18, 2008, 11:41pm

Now that I'm further into the semester, I'm definitely feeling ripped off. These things tend to the shallow, it seems. The collection one is the best of the three so far. The cataloging one is especially annoying, since I paid for that and AACR2, but the text doesn't really offer anything beyond AACR2! Oh, well. Required is required.