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Library & Information Science

Library and Information Science (LIS) refers to two closely related subjects: Library Science and Information Science.

Library science is defined as “the professional knowledge and skill with which recorded information is selected, acquired, organized, stored, maintained, retrieved, and disseminated to meet the needs of a specific clientele” (Reitz 2004).

Information science is defined as “the systematic study and analysis of the sources, development, collection, organization, dissemination, evaluation, use and management of information in all its forms, including the channels and technology used in its communication” (Reitz 2004).

Courses in LIS can include collection management, cataloging and classification, preservation, reference, information systems and technology, research methods, statistics and management. A postgraduate degree in LIS prepares students to work as librarians and information professionals.

Information resources for LIS spans a wide range of formats and types. Practitioners such as cataloguers rely a great deal on tools and guides such as the AACR2 and LCCSH and DDCS. Visit the Resources Section and Guides for a quick glance at some of the research and professional resources available at NTU Libraries.

Reference: Reitz, J. M. (2004). Dictionary for library and information science. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited. Call no. Z1006.R379

Topic/Course Guides


Books on Academic Research & Writing
These useful resources are available in various NTU Libraries and a few are e-books for ready access.

English Language Reference Materials
A list of resources in the library for the learning of the English language.

Cataloguing & Classification Tools & Guides
This resource guide consists of a select list of reference tools and guides for Cataloguing and Classification.


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Selected Resources


The Library has an extensive collection of quality books crucial to the academic environment. Do take advantage of them in your research and learning.

Browsing the Collection

Text books and core references recommended by lecturers for specific courses are kept in the Reserves Collection at level 1 of the Communication and Information Library (CMIL). These highly demanded materials are available for a two-hour loan. New books arrive regularly at CMIL and you will find them on the Highlights shelf near the library entrance. They are available for immediate borrowing. Apart from these, the core collection on library and information science is located at the basement level, generally available for a four-week loan.

All books are classified by subject areas according to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Schedules. You will find most library and information science (LIS) books under the call numbers Z and ZA. A call number (consisting of letters and numbers), pasted on the book spine, indicates the physical location of the book on the shelves. Books with similar content will have similar call numbers and are hence grouped together. View the library and information science subject areas with corresponding classification numbers. Relevant books may also be found under HD (Management), QA (Computer Software) and T (Technology). Due to space constraint, older and less used LIS books are periodically relocated to the Business Library. Do check the Library Catalogue for the exact location of materials you need.

Searching for Books

A good way of locating a specific book is to do a keyword search by title, author or subject using the Library Catalogue. Key in appropriate subject terms in the ‘SUBJECT’ field in the Library Catalogue to find books in a specific area.

EPS by subject

Subject headings are words or phrases used by cataloguers to describe the content of a book. They are a set of controlled subject terms known as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. To improve your search results, it is worthwhile to have a look at these Library Catalogue search tips.

Selected Book List

Click on the popular subject terms below for a list of books on the topic available in the Library. If you would like to see any other book lists, drop me an email.

  1. Archives – Administration
  2. Book industries and trade
  3. Business information services
  4. Cataloging
  5. Classification
  6. Collection development
  7. Collection management
  8. Database design
  9. Database management
  10. Database searching
  11. Database selection
  12. Digital libraries
  13. Electronic commerce
  14. Electronic information resources
  15. Electronic publishing
  16. Human-computer interaction
  17. Information organization
  18. Information resources
  19. Information resources management
  20. Information retrieval
  21. Information services
  22. Information society
  23. Information storage and retrieval systems
  24. Information technology
  25. Intangible property – Management
  26. Intellectual capital – Management
  27. Knowledge management
  28. Libraries
  29. Libraries and electronic publishing
  30. Library administration
  31. Library science
  32. Management information systems
  33. Metadata
  34. Online information resource searching
  35. Online bibliographic searching
  36. Online information services
  37. Organizational effectiveness
  38. Publishers and publishing
  39. Records – Management
  40. Reference services
  41. User interfaces (Computer systems)

Recommending Books for Purchase

If you need a good book for your research or learning but it is unavailable in the Library, send me a recommendation to purchase. Do include information on:

  1. Title
  2. Author/Editor
  3. Publisher
  4. Year of Publication
  5. ISBN

Staff may also recommend through Staff Link  (Resource Request –> Library Services –> Book Recommendation). For more information, please see New Title Recommendation.


Electronic books (e-books) can be read using a computer or an e-book reader. They may be a digital version of the print book or a title published only in the electronic format. You can access e-books subscribed by NTU Libraries 24/7 from your home, office or even overseas. This is especially convenient if you are on a part-time study programme.

Browsing by E-Book Providers

NetLibrary is a multi-disciplinary e-book library that allows you to read the complete book online, print pages, and make annotations. Click on the title to open the e-book. My NetLibrary Picks:

  1. Practical Research Methods: A User-friendly Guide to Mastering Research Techniques and Projects by Dawson, Catherine Oxford: How To Books, 2002
  2. Developing Library and Information Center Collections 4th ed. by Evans, G. Edward; Zarnosky, Margaret R. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2000
  3. Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy by Shapiro, Carl; Varian, Hal R. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1998
  4. Making Use: Scenario-based Design of Human-computer Interactions by Carroll, John M. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000
  5. Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques 2nd ed. by Han, Jiawei; Kamber, Micheline Amsterdam, Boston: Elsevier Science and Technology Books, 2006
  6. Leading Change by Kotter, John P. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1996
  7. Knowledge Mapping and Management by White, Don Publication: Hershey, PA IRM Press, 2002
  8. E-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit by Liautaud, Bernard; Hammond, Mark New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2000

Browse more titles at NetLibrary. Click on eBooks under In Our Collection for a list of books subscribed by the Library. BCS_ebook

Emerald Insight: A collection of multi-disciplinary e-book series on automation, business, enterprise and innovation, information and knowledge management, library and information science, management science, organization studies etc. Browse the collection with the help of available subject list. View its Database Information page.

SpringerLink: A collection of more than 31,000 e-books, e-book series and protocols on architecture and design, business and economics, chemistry and materials science, computer science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and law, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy and etc. Browse or search for titles published by Springer. View its Database Information page.

Safari Books Online: A collection of popular technology, digital media and business books online. Leading publishers include O’Reilly Media, Packt Publishing, Cisco Press, Sams & Adobe Press. View its Database Information page.

Ebrary A collection of titles on Education, History, Language and Literature, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.

Other E-Book Collections

If you are doing research in the field of Information Systems or Computer Science, do have a look at the e-book collections recommended by our Engineering Librarian (Computer Science & Engineering).

Searching for E-Books

Looking for specific e-books? You can search for them using the Library Catalogue. Read the instructions at the E-books Page before you start.

Reference Works

Reference works provide specific, detailed information or definitions on general or specialised topics. They are authoritative and credible information sources compiled for quick, focused reference, rather than for continuous reading. Examples include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and directories. Reference works are generally used within the Library.

Content at a Glance

Cataloguing & Classification Tools & Guides
Almanacs & Yearbooks


  1. Harrod’s librarians’ glossary and reference book 10th ed. 2005 Call No.: Z1006.H323
  2. ASIS&T thesaurus of information science, technology and librarianship Call No.: Z695.1.I56A833
  3. Dictionary for library and information science Call No.: Z1006.R379
  4. Dictionary of information and library management Call No.: Z1006.D554D
  5. Dictionary of American library biography. Second supplement Call No.: Z720.A4D554
  6. Glossary of library and information science : English-Chinese/ Chinese-English 图书馆实用词汇: 英汉, 汉英 Call No.: Z1006.G563G
  7. A new encyclopedic dictionary for library & information science 新编图书馆学情报学辞典 Call No.: Z1006.X6
  8. An English-Chinese dictionary of library and information science 英汉图书馆情报学词汇 Call No.: Z1006.Y51H
  9. An English-Chinese dictionary of technical terms for library and information science 英汉图书馆学情报学术语词典 Call No.: Z1006.Y51


  1. International encyclopedia of information and library science Call No.: Z1006.I61 2003
  2. Encyclopedia of library history Call No.: Z721.E56
  3. Encyclopedia of information science and technology Vol. 1 – 5 Call No.: Z1006.E56E
  4. The encyclopedia of censorship Call No.: Z657.G796
  5. Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: for Congress, the nation & the world Call No.: Z733.U6E56

Cataloguing & Classification Tools & Guides

  1. SUPERLCCS Gale’s Library of Congress classification schedules combined with additions and changes through. Class A – Z
  2. Library of Congress Classification Outline [free e-resource] This provides access to the main classes and outlines of subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification. For complete text of the classification schedules, refer to the print volumes in CMIL.
  3. Library of Congress subject headings 29th ed. 2006 Vol. 1 – 5 Call No.: Z695.L697
  4. Dewey decimal classification and relative index Vol. 1 – 4 Call No.: Z696.D519 2003
  5. Conversion tables Vol. 1 – 3 Call No.: Z696.U4S428 2006
  6. Anglo-American cataloguing rules Call No.: Z694.15.A56A589 2002
  7. Maxwell’s handbook for AACR2: explaining and illustrating the Anglo-American cataloguing rules through the 2003 update Call No.: Z694.15.A56M465
  8. Cataloging with AACR2 & MARC21: for books, electronic resources, sound recordings, videorecordings, and serials Call No.: Z694.15.A56F919 2007
  9. Archival moving image materials: a cataloging manual Call No.: Z695.64.A673
  10. A guide to the Library of Congress classification manual Call No.: Z696.U4G946
  11. UNIMARC manual: bibliographic format Call No.: Z699.35.M28U58

Almanacs & Yearbooks

  1. Library and book trade almanac 54th ed. 2009 Call No.: Z674.5.U5B786
  2. Yearbook: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals 2009 Call No.: Z673.L7L697C


  1. Magazines for libraries 18th ed. 2009 Call No.: Z6941.M189
  2. The children’s and young adult literature handbook: a research and reference guide Call No.: Z1037.G478C
  3. A to zoo: subject access to children’s picture books Call No.: Z1037.L732


  1. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory [e-resource] Provides authoritative bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals. Note: Use your NTU network account username and password to login if prompted.
  2. American book trade directory 56th ed. 2010-2011 Call No.: Z475.A512A
  3. International literary market place Call No.: Z282.I61 2009
  4. World guide to library, archive, and information science associations Call No.: Z673.W927
  5. World guide to libraries 19 ed. 2005 Vol. 1 & 2 Call No.: Z721.W927
  6. The librarian’s Internet survival guide: strategies for the high-tech reference desk Call No.: ZA4225.M134


  1. Oxford Reference Online – Premium Collection [e-book] Provides over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas – everything from architecture to zoology. Offers a quick reference information together with in-depth articles by world-famous authors. Covers a wide range of additional materials such as maps, illustrations and timelines. Note: Use your NTU network account username and password to login if prompted.
  2. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association Call No.: BF76.7.P976 2010
  3. The Chicago manual of style Call No.: Z253.U58 2003
  4. ALA-APA salary survey: librarian–public and academic, 2008 Call No.: Z682.3.A316
  5. Intellectual freedom manual Call No.: Z711.4.I61 2010

Library-subscribed databases are vital sources of information for good research output and assignments. Common content in databases includes journal articles, conference papers, news articles, statistics, images, and patents.

Core Databases

Here are some databases relevant to library & information science:

  1. Current Awareness Abstracts – Library & Information Management
    This site offers access to structured abstracts of the essential library and information management articles from the core 400 publications worldwide. It contains mainly bibliographic information with abstracts but full-text is available for journals subscribed by the Library. View its Database Information Page.
  2. ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    This site provides access to education-related literature and resources with over 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents back to 1966. View its Database Information Page.
  3. Emerald Insight
    A collection of over 75,000 full-text articles, 200,000 reviews from management journals, plus case studies, literature reviews, book reviews, conference information, interviews, and profiles. Topics include library and information studies, and information and knowledge management. View its Database Information Page.
  4. Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
    This database is an international abstracting and indexing tool for library professionals and information specialists. It contains abstracts over 440 periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages and covers various LIS areas from 1969 onwards. View its Database Information Page.
  5. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
    This database indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management, for as far as mid-1960s. View its Database Information Page.
  6. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (LLIS)
    A working and teaching tool for librarians which indexes periodicals, selected state journals, conference proceedings, books and library school theses. Delivers full-text articles cover to cover from over a hundred select publications and leads users to valuable information on the Web with hotlinks to sites mentioned in articles. View its Database Information Page.

Related Databases

  1. ABI/INFORM via ProQuest
    This site provides business and management information, including library management and leadership, and information science and technology. It also offers substantial full-text and full image content from scholarly journals, trade publications, reports, magazines and newspapers. View its Database Information Page.
  2. Academic Search Premier
    Indexes more than 8,200 journals and contains full-text scholarly publications for more than 4,500 titles over a wide subject range. View its Database Information Page.
  3. Business Source Premier
    This database is a popular business research database which provides full-text for over 2,200 business and academic journals. View its Database Information Page.
  4. Dissertations & Theses
    This site provides bibliographic information with abstracts about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. 24 page previews and full-text available from 1997 onwards. View its Database Information Page.
  5. JSTOR
    This database provides back files of core scholarly journals in many disciplines. Some journals even date back to the 1880s. View its Database Information Page.
  6. SciVerse Scopus
    A multi-disciplinary database which a broad coverage of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature from over 4,000 international publishers. View its Database Information Page.
  7. Web of Science
    This site is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering leading journal literature of the sciences, social science and the arts and humanities. View its Database Information Page.

When you are doing a multidisciplinary assignment or research, do expand your literature and information search beyond the obvious LIS sources. Browse the Library’s comprehensive list of databases, particularly the highly related Computer Science databases.


Journals are essential to academic research and learning. They offer current information and are important means to communicate focused, in-depth studies and findings on specific topics.

Top Journals

The top information science and library science journals based on 2014 Impact Factor are :

  1. MIS Quarterly (ISSN: 0276-7783)
  2. Journal of Information Technology (ISSN: 0268-3962)
  3. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (ISSN: 1067-5027)
  4. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (ISSN: 1083-6101)
  5. Journal of Strategic Information Systems (ISSN: 0963-8687)
  6. Information Systems Research (ISSN: 1047-7047)
  7. Journal of Informetrics (ISSN: 1751-1577)
  8. Government Information Quarterly (ISSN: 0740-624X)
  9. European Journal of Information Systems (ISSN: 0960-085X)
  10. Scientometrics (ISSN: 0138-9130)

Locating Journals


There are several ways to search for e-journals in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals: A-to-Z List:

  • If you know the name of the journal, search by title.
  • If you’re looking for journals on a broad topic, search by subject, e.g. “social sciences”. Alternatively try searching in  databases relevant to library and information science.
  • If you’re familiar with a specific journal provider, you can access their e-journals by searching the index.
  • You can also search by keyword within journal title, subject, publisher and others.

Print Journals

Print journals may be located  through using the Library Catalogue. To find relevant print journals in the library catalogue, do an Advanced Search . Choose “Journals” as the format and search by subject or title.

Important Note: Individual articles are not searchable in the Library Catalogue; you can only search for the journal titles.

Journals Not Found in Our Library Collection

Need a journal article which is not subscribed by NTU Libraries? Make a request for it via our Document Delivery service.


The Communication & Information Library houses mainly AV titles needed for course use. More AVs are located at the Business Library and the Art, Design & Media Library. There are few AV titles on library and information studies. These 2 may prove interesting:

  1. The Hollywood librarian : a look at librarians through film
  2. The man who wanted to classify the world : from the index card to the internet

Searching for AV Titles

Looking for a specific AV title? Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the Library Catalogue.

Web Resources

Here is a selection of web resources relevant to library & information science.

Content at a Glance

International & Regional Organizations
Library Associations
Regional Library Schools
Regional National Libraries
Other Resources

International & Regional Organizations

  1. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
    IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
  2. Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)
  3. ASEAN University Network Inter-Library Online and Information Networking Among ASEAN Universities (AUNILO)
  4. Libraries of the Australian Technology Network (LATN)
  5. International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL)

Library Associations

  1. Library Association of Singapore
    The Library Association of Singapore (LAS) is the national organization representing the interests of the library and information professionals in Singapore.
  2. American Library Association
  3. Association of College & Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association)
  4. Association of Research Libraries
  5. Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  6. Australian Library and Information Association
  7. Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
  8. Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA)
  9. Librarians Association of Malaysia or Persatuan Pustakawan Malaysia (PPM)
  10. Thai Library Association
  11. Medical and Health Library Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP)

Regional Library Schools

  1. Wee Kim Wee School of Information & Communication, Division of Information Studies
    The Master of Science in Information Studies programme is a multidisciplinary programme that draws on the disciplines of Library and Information Science, Management and Information Technology. Visit the DIS blog for more information.
  2. University of Malaya, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
    The Master of Library and Information Science program is designed to produce graduates with a thorough knowledge of theory and practise in library and information science, and who are able to work in a number of information environments.
  3. Universiti Teknologi Mara, Faculty of Information Management
    UTM’s Faculty of Information Management offers diploma, degree and postgraduate programes in Library Science and Information Management.

Regional National Libraries

  1. National Library Board Singapore
    The National Library Board of Singapore manages the National Library and the public libraries in Singapore.
  2. National Library of Malaysia
  3. National Library of Thailand
  4. National Library of Indonesia
  5. National Library of the Philippines

Other Resources

  1. First Monday
    Peer-reviewed journal on the Internet

Reserves / RBR / Red-spot items are recommended materials for your courses and are selected by your lecturers.

Browsing the Reserves collection

The Reserves collection in the Communication & Information Library is located next to the Service Desk and can be seen once you walk into the library. Titles from the Reserves collection can only be borrowed for 2 hours at a time and overdue fines are set at $0.50 per hour. Click to read more about your borrowing privileges.

Searching for Reserves

You can retrieve Reserves titles via their Course Codes from the Library Catalogue. Go to the Library Catalogue:

EPS - Reserves

Student Works

Looking for Master theses or PhD dissertations by previous students? Use the DR-NTU (Restricted Access).

Browsing DR-NTU

1. Please go to DR-NTU (Restricted Access).

2. Click on ‘Browse – Communities & Collections’ on the left hand side of the screen.


3. Look for Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information under the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.



4. Click on WKWSCI theses

5. You can browse by titles, authors, subjects or by date OR search with key terms.

6. To view the full text, please log in using NTU network user name and password.

Staff Publications

NTU Library collects staff papers in the Digital Repository – Open Access. Its aim is to capture, store, preserve and most importantly promote the scholarly output of the Nanyang Technological University to the global research community. The papers deposited in this repository are indexed by Google and therefore searchable.


Division of Information Studies Staff papers

We encourage research staff to deposit their research papers with us in the DR-NTU Open Access. Many publishers now allow the self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo let you know whether the journals or publishers that you are working with allow self-archiving. If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the WKWSCI collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact me. Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from WKWSCI.

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