have been elected president of a national library/information
organization, such as ALA or one of its divisions (American
Association of School Librarians, Library and Information Technology
Association, Library Administration and Management Association, etc.)
for a term beginning 2002.
Identify the organization of which you are
president. What would you
choose as your presidential theme for your organization?
Provide an in-depth rationale for this choice of theme. In this
discussion, consider the theme?s relevance in the broader context of
society as well as the mission/purpose of your organization and the
current needs and interests of its members.
differences may affect how the public library is viewed by actual and
potential users of different ages and how public library staff members
of different ages are able to work together.
Discuss the implications of these generational
differences among library users and among library staff members.
Suggest ways in which library directors can overcome these
When is it
best to lead an information user to a large and inclusive
bibliographic database, and when are information users better served
by smaller and more selective databases
covering the same subject? Discuss the issues involved, using
specific examples of each type of database. Describe types of
uses or users for which each would be a better
libraries and information centers have integrated electronic and
into their services. Discuss how such integration has affected staff
in two of the following
areas: collection development, public services, or cataloging.
ultimate goal of organizing information is to allow users to be able
to retrieve this
information. Discuss descriptive cataloging and subject analysis
and how each of these
activities can help users retrieve information.
in a corporate environment includes identifying unmet needs, producing
products and services to meet those needs, and pricing, distributing,
and promoting those products and services to produce a profit. Today
librarians are asked to market their libraries and services. Discuss
how marketing in a library context is similar to and different from
the description above.
technology is available to convert most print sources into digital
form. Why hasn?t this happened? Your answer should describe the
advantages and disadvantages, costs, benefits, and obstacles to such a
and contrast browsing strategies with analytical strategies in
information retrieval. Your discussion should include situations where
one method may be preferred over the other. Provide examples of both
types of retrieval and discuss the kinds of tools and features of
information systems that support these strategies.
library policies and procedures recommended for situations where
are asked to reveal names of users or to restrict access to materials.
learning is a philosophy of education that blends community service
activities with academic instruction in order to address community
needs. How might service learning enrich library and information
science education, and through that contribute to the understanding
and development of sustainable communities, and also enable future
information professionals to better serve their communities?