Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 9: 287-300 (1971)

原著論文Original Article

参考図書の書評Reference book reviewing

慶應義塾大学文学部文学研究科図書館・情報学科助教授Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

発行日:1971年9月1日Published: September 1, 1971

The book review of reference books is of vital importance, for it is a primary guide to librarians in choosing titles for their collections. But there is no reviewing journal of Japanese reference books per se. Accordingly, the writer of this article examined the desirable way of book reviewing in Japan. after the example of well-established reviewing journal, Subscription Books Bulletin (SBB).

No principle of evaluation can apply equally to every reference book. Nevertheless, since all reference books have the same basic purpose as the book of information, they share several features in common. In order to set the pattern of reference book reviewing, it is necessary to evaluate these features concerning scope, treatment, arrangement, proposed audience and format.

Judging SBB in terms of its own stated objectives and the reviewing Practices, it is an example of successful venture. While the quality of reviews appeared in SBB is usually considered among the most reliable to be found, the small number of books reviewed and the time lag between publication of the book and appearance of the review are disappointing.

Fortunately, however, there are other reviewing media which make up drawbacks of SBB. For instance, the regular column of Wilson Library Bulletin,“Current Ref6rence Books,”reviews larger number of books and certainly more promptly than SBB.

From the above it is desirable for us to have at least two types of reviewing media. One is the lengthy, critical type of review preferably published under professional association’s auspices. The other is the short type of review which is usually geared for specific kind of libraries.

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