There is no required pre-course reading for those joining CityLIS Masters courses, but we are often asked for recommendations. Here is a suggested list of books, which might also be of interest to part-time students thinking about their second year.
They are not, for the most part, textbooks. Rather, accessible introductions to the kind of thing we will be thinking about on the course. Feel free to dip into whatever looks interesting.
- D Bawden and L Robinson, Introduction to Information Science, Facet Publishing, 2012 [despite the title, this also covers much of the Library Science syllabus, and is the course text, in as much as there is one]
- L Floridi, Information: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press, 2010
- L Floridi, The fourth revolution: how the infosphere is shaping human reality, Oxford University Press, 2014
- J Gleick, The information: a history, a theory, a flood, Fourth Estate , 2012
- M Buckland, Information and society, MIT Press, 2017
- RD Lankes, The new librarianship field guide, MIT Press, 2016
- WP Campbell and W Pryce, The library: a world history, Thames and Hudson, 2013
- R Gartner, Metadata: shaping knowledge from antiquity to the semantic web, Springer, 2016
- S Briet, What is documentation? Translated by R Day et al., Scarecrow Press, 2006 [a classic older text, but still very useful for thinking about documents and documentation]