Proposal: Library & Information Science
You'd have almost been better off merging Libraries with Books.
LIS deals more with the theory of how information is organized. Now, an MLS (Master of Library Science) is a required degree to work in most libraries, but when you call something LIS, you tend to be talking more about the theoretical things (how to catalog a book), rather than the practical stuff (how to deal with unruly patrons)
When I think 'LIS', I think about organizations like the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), not the American Library Association or even the Special Libraries Association. And don't get me wrong, I'm an ASIS&T member, and I affiliate more closely with them than ALA (also a member), but it's a much smaller community.
LIS as a whole also touches on lots of stuff that's being covered by other stack exchange sites:
- English Language and Usage (necessary for thesaurus development)
- Linguistics (ditto)
- User Experience (Human Computer Interface, Information Architecture, etc.)
- Project Management (although others fields also touch on this, there's whole aspects of 'information ecosystems' and issues with information & knowledge sharing between people)
- Database Administrators (data modeling)
And for the other proposed ones:
- Blogging and the Blogosphere (well, mostly analyzing it)
- eBooks and ebook Readers
- Translation (specifically, automatic translation)
- Culture Exchange (mostly analyzing cultural differences, language differences, how information is exchanged, used, hoarded, etc.)
- Semantic Web
- Artificial Intelligence and Robots (well, the AI side)
- Business Analysis
- Distributed Systems (social networks & distributed information)
- Human Resources (knowledge / skills management)
- Presentations (presenting / sharing information)
- Building Social Networks
okay, I'm tired of looking through the list.
My point is -- hardly any of this would be considered on topic with the original 'Libraries' proposal, which is what people signed up to support, but a case could be made to put 'em in LIS. If you look at the top 5 questions to define this group:
- Can someone explain the Dewey Decimal System in layman's terms?
- What [teen,pre-teen,adult] programs do you run at your library? (and are they well attended?)
- Can you name a book that portrays step-families in a positive light rather than the typical “wicked stepmother” and/or “abusive stepfather” tropes?
- How do you get non-library trained people (e.g., school administrators) to trust in your weeding?
- Our significant weeding project is overwhelming the Friends and recycling or free giveaways raise taxpayer ire. What to do with discarded books?
... only one (the DDC question) falls under LIS.
I guess I should just be happy that you didn't change it to 'iSchool' like so many LIS colleges have.