Outline of library and information science

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

Library and information science (LIS) is the scientific 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.

Nature of library and information science[edit]


Library and information science can be described as all of the following:

  • The study of libraries and information both in terms of theory and practice.
  • Field of science – widely recognized category of specialized expertise within science, and typically embodies its own terminology and nomenclature. Such a field will usually be represented by one or more scientific journals, where peer reviewed research is published. There are many library and information-related scientific journals.
    • Social science – field of academic scholarship that explores aspects of human society.


Branches of library and information science[edit]

Types of library and information professionals[edit]

History of library and information science[edit]

History of library science

Types of libraries[edit]

Specific libraries[edit]

Library and information resources[edit]


Information media[edit]

Types of publications[edit]

Catalogs and indexes[edit]

Information science[edit]

Organization of information[edit]

Electronic information storage and retrieval[edit]



Scientometrics – studies quantitative aspects of science



Information and society[edit]

Library operations and management[edit]

Library management

Research methods[edit]

Organizing and searching Wikipedia[edit]

Selection and acquisition of library materials[edit]



Other library services and processes[edit]

Politics of library science[edit]

Legal issues[edit]


Legal precedents[edit]

Social issues[edit]

Education and training[edit]

Education for librarianship

Academic courses in library science

Professional organizations[edit]

Non-Profit organizations[edit]

Notable people in library science[edit]

See also[edit]

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