1. Ronald Hagler contends that "the purpose
of every activity in bibliographic control is to provide the most
direct possible access to the content of a particular document
which can satisfy a stated information need." Discuss the
meaning and purpose of bibliographic control, and describe activities
involved in achieving it.
2. You have been directed by the chief librarian
to integrate electronic resources into the reference department
that you supervise. Describe the management of this enhanced service,
including such issues as staffing, resource allocation, and user
3. Recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has
been hailed as the new Andrew Carnegie for his donation to "Libraries
Online," established in partnership with the American Library
Association. Discuss ways in which support from the private sector
has benefited publicly supported libraries and archives and any
potential problems of such support.
4. Discuss the pros and cons of the value,
implications, and use of digital technology by libraries, archives,
5. The director of your library has asked you
to reduce the space occupied by the journal collection by 50%.
Discuss your options, including the issues and steps involved
in converting your journals from printonpaper to other
formats and methods of delivery.
6. Bibliographic utilities (such as OCLC) and
national library institutions (such as the Library of Congress)
have contributed much to the success of bibliographic control
in the United States. Describe how these bibliographic utilities
and institutions have affected the organization of and access
to information in libraries. Discuss practices and standards of
these utilities and institutions that may have inadvertently caused
problems and how these problems might be resolved.
7. "Here Comes the Information Superhighway.
Could libraries be left in the dust? Yes. As the emerging superhighway
sweeps the nation with electronic information, libraries could
be pushed aside. But you can help prevent this." This statement
comes from an ad by the American Library Association in the February,
1996 issue of American Libraries encouraging librarians,
students, teachers, and library patrons to join ALA. When the
dust settles, will there be a place for libraries? If so, describe
the place; if not, discuss why not.
8. Recently libraries, archives, and museums
have experienced both internal and external pressure to close
exhibits and to limit access to controversial or adult materials.
Discuss the issues behind such pressures and describe how these
institutions can maintain their commitment to open access when
confronted by such pressure.
9. Library directors, along with the heads
of archives and other information centers, must cope with the
impact of the technological revolution on virtually every aspect
of their institutions. Choose a type of library or other information
institution. Discuss what management issues the institution's
director might face due to the impact of technology on the way
information is organized and delivered.
10. Discuss the issues and trends involved in access to and dissemination of government information in electronic format.
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