"How the LIS [library and information science] field survives over the next 20 years will be played out in educational and industry environments globally." Spink (formerly, information science, Loughborough U., UK) and Heinström (information studies, Abo Akademi U., Finland) thus introduce contributions from LIS academics, scholars from related fields, and information professionals who present a picture of LIS research, education, and practice trends in Europe. Contributors discuss challenges due to the multicultural/multilingual context, disciplinary differences in the identity of LIS in various countries, virtual libraries, and consequent policy decisions. Trends include working toward a common set of cataloging rules, user-generated databases, and assessments of research quality. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution.