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


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

Types of library and information professionals

History of library and information science

History of library science

Types of libraries

Specific libraries

Library and information 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

Non-profit organizations

Notable people in library science

See also

External links