What Books Adequately Represent an LIS Degree?

Deane Barker writes "I am contemplating a Masters in LIS. I really want a Masters in Content Management (as discussed here), but an LIS degree seems to be the closest thing to it. However, I'm wondering about my level of interest and/or passion for LIS. What I'd like is for the community to recommend two or three of the seminal books in the LIS field, so that I can read them and see if any of it "trips my trigger," so to speak. So, what books can the community recommend that pass the following test: 'If you love this book, then an LIS degree is just what you're looking for.'? Put another way, if you had to represent an LIS degree in a single book, which one would it be?"


"Social Life of Information" Brown and Daguid"The Age of the Smart Machines" Zuboff

"The Social Life of Information" is encouraging. Read it, loved it, reviewed it here:http://www.gadgetopia.com/post/19

Try Peter Morville's *Ambient Findability*. It gets to the nub of all librarianship: organizing and finding materials.

And has the virtue of being mostly unreadable and yet subtly obvious and vague.Shorter: Liked his first book, hated the second.

I'd suggest Seymour Lubetzky : writings on the classical art of cataloging / compiled and edited by Elaine Svenonius, Dorothy McGarry. Then something by Sandy Berman. One covers the intellectual foundation of our profession, the other the social aspects. If these works are a joy to read and consider, even if you disagree, you should pursue and LIS degree.

And I have a copy for sale on amazon!

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