Dear Folks,

I'm sending a special appeal to the field regarding the Third Edition 
of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (CRC Press, 
2010).  My Co-Editor Mary N. Maack and I did our very best to bring 
the highest quality encyclopedia to the field. 

This was a monster project--a huge commitment by many people.  Over 
700 authors--including many of you--and a 50-person advisory panel 
were involved in writing the many brand-new and updated 
article-length entries in the 7-volume,  5,742-page encyclopedia 
(also available in online form).  Some of the best-known researchers 
and professional leaders from many countries contributed.

After retiring, I worked full time for 4 years as Editor-in-Chief, 
and Mary worked on overload for the same time while still working 
full time at UCLA.  No fewer than 13,000 email messages were 
exchanged on my portion of the work alone.

We worked and re-worked the contents so as to create as 
comprehensive, balanced, and up-to-date coverage as possible of 
several information disciplines, including LIS, archives, museum 
studies, informatics, knowledge management, and social studies of 

-->Yet only half of the US and Canadian LIS programs have bought the 
encyclopedia, according to OCLC's WorldCat.  Most of the British, 
Scandinavian, or other European schools have not bought it, despite 
the many authors--over 30% of the total--that we were able to attract 
from outside the U.S.  I know these have been unusually hard times 
economically, but if we are not able to recognize and take up such a 
huge communal project so central to our field--then what does matter 
to us as a professional community?

Rather than an encyclopedia to be consulted only occasionally, it 
should be thought of as a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of 
all the specialties in the information disciplines--a review that can 
be consulted frequently, with the articles widely used in classrooms. 
ASIST members were kind enough to award it the "Best Information 
Science Publication of the Year" award for 2010. (See a recent review 
in: Tony Chalcraft, (2011) Reference Reviews, 25(1): 9-11.)

Please see the full Introduction, Topical Table of Contents, and 
Alphabetical Table of Contents on my website: .  The Topical Table of 
Contents best presents the underlying structure of the encyclopedia, 
being grouped by the major categories of topics covered.

-->Remember, you as faculty can recommend the purchase of items by 
your library; don't assume that the purchase will happen otherwise.

Thanks for your attention, Marcia
Marcia J. Bates, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Editor, Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed.
Department of Information Studies
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520 USA
Tel: 310-206-9353
Fax: 310-206-4460