Aggregated databases of library literature.
Search these indexes for citations to articles. Some citations include links to full text.
LISS: Library and Information Science Source
1910-present. Contains legacy databases Library Literature and Information Science Full Text and LISTA.
LISA: Library & Information Science Abstracts
1969-present. No full text.
More Databases by LIS Subdiscipline
A guide to finding databases from other disciplines that you should search depending on the LIS sub-disciplines relevant to your research.
Biographies of librarians, information scientists, archivists and others in LIS and related fields.
Compiled by Michele T. Fenton and published by the Indiana Black Librarians Network. Primarily biographical entries, arranged by occupation and state. Includes citations to works about the profiled individuals.
Brief biographical portraits of all of the U.S. Librarians of Congress through the present.
A series of article-length biographical portraits of major figures in LIS history, from the online journal World Libraries.
ALA & LIS Acronyms
Decodes acronyms of American Library Association units, divisions, roundtables, committees, and publications; acronyms of other related organizations; and abbreviations commonly used in library literature.
ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science
[Licensed for UofI] Defines terms and acronyms used by librarians and related information professionals. Includes cross-references and avoids generic terminology. The print version (Michael Levine-Clark and Toni M. Carter, ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 4th ed., 2013) is available in SSHEL's Reference collection, call number 020.3 Al112 2013.
Dictionary of Information and Library Management
[Licensed for UofI] Included in Credo Reference. "A basic vocabulary of terms used in the information and records management industries." The print version (Janet Stevenson, Dictionary of Information and Library Management, 2nd ed., 2006) is available in the Reference Library, call number 020.3 D561 2006.
Dictionary of Information Science and Technology
The 2nd edition of the Dictionary of Information Science and Technology is a compilation of more than 12,000 of the latest terms and definitions as they pertain to all aspects of the information and technology field.
Glossary of Library Terms
A succinct dictionary of common jargon used by librarians, prepared by the UIUC Reference, Research and Scholarly Services department.
Historical Dictionary of Librarianship
[Licensed for UofI] Includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations along with a chronology of significant events. The print version (Mary Ellen Quinn, Historical Dictionary of Librarianship, 2014) is available in the History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library's Reference collection, call number 020.3 Q447h.
ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science
Defines words and acronyms in the various specializations within LIS, along with the relevant vocabulary of publishing, printing, the book trade, graphic arts, book history, literature, bibliography, telecommunications, and computer science. Reflects North American practice. The print equivalent (Joan M. Reitz, Dictionary for Library and Information Science, 2004) is available in the Reference Library, call number 020.3 R278d.
Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology
Defines words related to book bindings and the tools and techniques for creating and repairing them. The print equivalent (Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington, 1982) is available in the Main Stacks, call number Q.686.303 R543B.
Glossary [of Digital Curation]
Compiled by the Digital Curation Centre, UK. Defines common terms used in discussions of digital curation and data preservation.
Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology
Defines terms found in the archival literature, with an emphasis on electronic records. Includes acronyms and organizations. Provides citations to usage and notes relationships among terms. The print equivalent (Richard Pearce-Moses, 2005) is available in the University Archives, call number 027.0014 P315g.
Glossary of Records and Information Management Terms, 3rd ed.
From ARMA International, a professional association for records managers. Searchable dictionary of terms, plus an annotated directory of organizations.
Glossary of Scholarly Communication
Defines key terms and acronyms in the changing world of scholarly communication.
Defines internet-related words.
Serials Acquisitions Glossary (PDF file)
Defines terms and acronyms used in communication among librarians, publishers, and vendors.
Search these repositories for full-text articles, conference papers, reports, and other documents.
A digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. Offers many advanced features, such as searching cited articles and identifying related articles.
dLIST: Digital Library for Information Science and Technology
An open access, cross-institutional repository of full-text electronic resources in the domains of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT). Contains primarily North American documents.
E-LIS: E-prints in Library and Information Science
"An open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related application disciplines.” Contains primarily European documents.
IDEALS = Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship. A repository for the research and scholarship produced by faculty, staff and students at UI. Materials from GSLIS and the University Library are well represented in IDEALS.
OCLC Research Publications Repository
A searchable collection of library science research publications produced, sponsored, or submitted by OCLC Research. Records include metadata in MARC and Dublin Core formats.
A metasearch tool for institutional repositories, including most academic library repositories in the U.S. and Canada.
Institutional Repository Bibliography
" [P]resents selected English-language articles, books, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding institutional repositories." Compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Directories of libraries and information science professionals.
American Library Directory
Detailed profiles of more than 35,000 public, academic, special and government libraries, and library-related organizations in the United States, and Canada.
This handbook combines entries for key terms in LIS with a directory of public libraries in the U.S.
This reference provides an overview of all libraries in Canada, organized by type. It includes current details and data for each institution in the language used by that institution. Indexes about archive and governmental libraries, subject, location, and personnel are also included.
This directory, a publication of the Library Publishing Coalition, provides a list of academic and research libraries engaged in publishing activities, and is freely available as a pdf or epub. For each institutions, it includes information such as the type of publishing activities involved, staffing, publishing platforms, digital preservation strategies, and other details.
Encyclopedias covering various LIS topics.
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences 3rd edition.
Covers topics related to: archival science; bibliography; document and genre theory; informatics; information systems; knowledge management; library and information science; museum studies; records management; social studies of information. International in scope. The print equivalent (Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Maack, eds., 7 vols, 2010) is available in the Main Library Reference Department Q.020.3 E564 2010.
Encyclopedia of Information Science & Technology 2nd edition.
Covers information technologies in a wide range of fields, including libraries, management, education, government, society, and more. Also includes short definitions of key terms. The 1st edition (2005) is available in print in the Main Stacks Q.004.03 En192.
Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management
The print equivalent (Elayne Coakes and Steve Clarke, eds., 2006) is available in the Main Stacks 658.4038 E563.
Encyclopedia of Database Technologies and Applications
The print equivalent (Laura C. Rivero, Jorge H. Doorn, and Viviana E. Ferraggine, eds., 2006) is available in the Undergraduate Library QA76.9.D3 E624 2006.
Encyclopedia of Digital Government
The print equivalent (Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko and Matti Mälkiä, eds., 3 vols, 2007) is available in the Undergraduate Library JF1525.A8 E63 2007.
Encyclopedia of Distance Learning 2nd edition.
The 1st edition (Caroline Howard et al., eds., 4 vols, 2005) is available in print& in the Social Sciences, Health, and Library, Reference Q.371.3503 En19.
Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, E-Government, and Mobile Commerce
The print equivalent (Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, ed., 2 vols, 2006) is available in the Undergraduate Library HF5548.32 .E52 2006.
Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology
The print equivalent (Eileen Trauth, ed., 2 vols, 2006) is available in Grainger Engineering Reference Q.331.481004 En19.
Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management 2nd edition.
The 1st edition (David G. Schwartz, ed., 2006) is available in print in the Main Stacks 658.4038 E564.
Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies
The print equivalent (Subhasish Dasgupta, ed., 2006) is available in the Undergraduate Library TK5105.83 .E52 2006.
Consult these sources for numerical data.
ALISE Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report
From 1997 to 2004, an annual survey of LIS schools, covering: faculty; students; curriculum; income and expenditures; continuing professional education. Older and more recent years are available in print or through Proquest Statistical Insight (see below).
American Library Association Office of Research and Statistics
Includes links to statistical reports by ALA and others.
America's Star Libraries: The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service
"Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009, Round 2, identifies 258 'star' libraries."
[licensed for UofI] Data on collections, expenditures, personnel, user populations, and electronic resources of nearly 1500 academic libraries in the US, for the years 2000-2009. The interface allows you to customize comparative reports. University patrons who wish to use this resource online should contact the LIS Virtual Library for access details. Many people find the print version of ACRL Metrics easier to use, and local patrons can find the most current edition on non-circulating reference at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library. A scan of the print version appears in ProQuest Statistical Insight (see below). It appears in three volumes by Carnegie institution type: Doctoral, Associate of Arts, and Master's and Baccalaureate.
ARL Statistics (Public Access) and ARL Statistics and Salary Surveys [licensed for UofI]
Data on the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities of the 123 largest academic and research libraries in North America.
Global Library Statistics
Includes statistics and other data prepared by OCLC. "These statistics include data, if available, for the total number of libraries, librarians, volumes, expenditures, and users for every country and territory in the world broken down into the major library types: academic, public, school, special and national. It is important to remember that these figures do not represent OCLC membership." Data is downloadable and taken from both print and online sources such as IFLA, World Guide to Libraries, and Statistical Yearbook.
Illinois Public Library Statistics
Information on the Illinois Public Library Annual Report, with contact information for requesting statistical data and an input page for libraries to submit their data.
Institute for Museum and Library Services. Library Statistics: Public Libraries
Annual surveys of public libraries in the U.S., providing data on the population of legal service areas, service outlets, library collections and services, staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. Summary reports (PDF); downloadable data files with documentation; and tools to "search for public libraries" and "compare public libraries."
Institute for Museum and Library Services. Library Statistics: State Libraries
Annual surveys of state libraries in the U.S., providing data on governance, services, collections, staff, and operating revenues and expenditures. Summary reports (PDF); downloadable data files with documentation.
A database of statistics from libraries in 36 (mostly European) countries, sponsored by the European Commission. Cross-tabulations and comparisons can be easily generated. Most recent data is from 2001.
Library and Book Trade Almanac
This 58th edition includes statistics on book prices, numbers of books published, library expenditures, and average salaries of librarians during 2013.
National Center for Education Statistics: Library Statistics Program
Data from surveys of U.S. academic libraries and school library media centers.
PLAmetrics (aka Public Library Data Service [PLDS] Statistical Report)
Now online-only, the PLDS provides statistics on public libraries including staffing, circulation, technology, and other items. Similar to ACRLMetrics for academic libraries, this tool requires a special login available only to University of Illinois community members. Please contact the LIS Virtual Library for access details. Please note: if you only want the statistical summaries and overview of the yearly PLDS report, you may prefer to access the summary article usually provided in the the journal Public Libraries. PLAMetrics allows you to create customized reports from the data set.
[licensed for UofI] A database of a wide variety of statistical reports, including the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the Public Library Data Service, ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics, ARL Statistics, and ALISE Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report.
[licensed for UofI] An annual collection of salary data focused on special library positions. Older content is available in print.
State Public Library Statistics
Links to public library statistics published on state library agency web sites.