My colleague Lyn Robinson has beaten me to the announcement, in a posting on her blog, of an excellent new book from Facet Publishing. Edited by Alan Gilchrist, ‘Information Science in Transition‘ has 16 contributed chapters (originally articles in a special issue of the Journal of Information Science) covering a wide range of issues relating to the state of the discipline, and how it got where it is today. I have a chapter in the book, ‘Smoother pebbles and the shoulders of giants: the developing foundations of information science’. Modesty therefore ought to prevent me noting the that publisher says the book is written by ‘some of the most pre-eminent contributors to the discipline’, but in fact it does not. Anyone interested in the past, present and future of information science should read this book, at least twice.