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Monday, 2nd July 2007

New Essay By Thomas Mann: The Peloponnesian War and the Future of Reference, Cataloging, and Scholarship in Research Libraries

A new essay by Thomas Mann:
The Peloponnesian War and the Future of Reference, Cataloging, and Scholarship in Research Libraries" PDF, 41 pp.
When Thomas Mann writes, we read!

ABSTRACT: The paper is an examination of the overall principles and practices of both reference service and cataloging operations in the promotion of scholarly research, pointing out important differences not just in content available onsite and offsite, but also among necessary search methods. It specifies the differences between scholarship and quick information seeking, and examines the implications of those differences for the future of cataloging. It examines various proposed alternatives to cataloging: relevance ranking, tagging, under-the-hood programming, etc. The paper considers the need for, and requirements of, education of researchers; and it examines in detail many of the glaring disconnects between theory and practice in the library profession today.

Source: Guild2910.org

See Also: Books by Thomas Mann:
+ The Oxford Guide to Library Research
Search Inside via Amazon.com

+ A Guide to Library Research Methods

+ Library Research Models: A Guide to Classification, Cataloging, and Computers
Search Inside via Amazon.com


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