1. Librarians, archivists, records managers, and other information professionals working in various types of institutions and at various functions have responded to ethical challenges by devising codes of ethics applicable to their own special circumstances. Discuss the pros and cons of specialized codes of ethics and the factors that the drafters of such codes should keep in mind.
2. The respondents to a recent survey of librarians agreed with the assertion that to a large degree, technology can be viewed as both the root of our troubles and font of our opportunities." Discuss the stresses and opportunities placed upon librarians and other information professionals by the revolution in one of the following: personal computers, copy machines, or communications technology.
3. Choose a format other than the printed book and describe the problems of managing materials in this format in a collection. What solutions might remedy these problems? Discuss. If you wish, you may select a type of library, archive, or info center as a context for your response.
4. Assume that you, as an expert in the field of library preservation, have been asked to testify before a Congressional committee in support of a request for government funding for a national preservation plan for information materials.
5. A recent study at Earlham College attempted to test the effect of "unlimited access" to information technology on the teaching and learning process. Imagine that you were designing a modern access system to enable an individual (scholar, student, or scientist) to identify and obtain materials needed for teaching, scholarship, or research. If you wanted your system to have virtually no restrictions to access, what barriers would you have to eliminate? Consider barriers such as economics, psychology, distance, and time. Discuss.
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