Library Trends 50 (3) Winter 2002: Current Theory in Library and Information Science


Library Trends 50 (3) Winter 2002: Current Theory in Library and Information Science. Edited by William E. McGrath.

The papers in this issue can be grouped into two categories. The first contains those papers about theory. These papers discuss concepts, meanings, and definitions of theory. The group also contains surveys of theory and literature reviews. The distinction between them is blurry and some may contain all of these approaches. The second group, in general, contains original research. These papers bear little resemblance to each other and all are unique. They are all difficult and require careful reading to recognize their relevance to LIS or their potential for practical application. For all papers, the author has tried to indicate briefly what the “theory” means for LIS.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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