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Comprehensive Examination Questions
October 1998

1. Describe the relationships and interactions between bibliographic control and selection, acquisitions, and information retrieval.

2. Describe three types of barriers to accessing information. Describe how information professionals have attempted to assure access to information by overcoming these barriers.

3. A recent trend in public libraries has been the elimination of a separate service desk for children. Instead, libraries have opted to consolidate reference, readers' guidance, and instruction for all ages, and on all subjects, into a single service desk. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such a consolidation of services. Discuss the implications of implementing this concept on library patrons, staff, and managers and on the library's services, facilities, and budget.

4. The need to organize information resources on the Internet has been recognized by many people, and various parties have tried to organize such resources. Describe efforts by librarians to organize Internet resources and assess the contribution of such efforts.

5. Archives and libraries develop through different activities of accessioning and managing their collections. Compare and contrast the underlying philosophies of these two types of information organizations, and identify how this is reflected in organizing and accessing material in these two settings.

6. Within the context of an automated information retrieval system, describe the differences between keyword searching and searching using a controlled vocabulary. Include the advantages and disadvantages of each type of searching, and discuss situations where each type of searching might be most effective.

7. You have been charged with the task of selecting an integrated library system for a particular type of library or information center. Choose a type of library. Explain what an integrated library system must do in this environment, the factors that should be considered in evaluating and recommending a system, and how it should be done.

8. You want to obtain a grant for digitizing a special collection in your library. Discuss the issues you will need to consider regarding your project, including the selection of materials and making the digital collection accessible.

9. Discuss the physical aspects of collection maintenance. Describe the greatest challenges to maintaining and preserving material in various formats, such as books, photographs, computer disks, and CD-ROMs, tapes and other media.

10. Increasingly, librarians in publicly funded or non-profit institutions, including public libraries and academic libraries, are turning to the for-profit corporate sector for funding. Discuss how these librarians should approach fundraising in the private sector. Describe how they can most effectively make the case for support and also avoid actual or potential conflicts of interest.



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