TITLE

Do Birds Fly?

AUTHOR(S)
Kresh, Diane; Arret, Linda; Schlachter, Gail A.
PUB. DATE
September 1998
SOURCE
Reference & User Services Quarterly;Fall98, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article provides information on issues discussed at the Reference Service in a Digital Age meeting of the Library of Congress Institute (LCI) from June 29 through 30, 1998 in Washington D.C. The LCI offered reference professionals a chance to ask themselves how they can help make the transition to digital libraries and still ensure access to authoritative information resources and services. Over 130 professionals representing 25 states attended the conference. The participants included the District of Columbia, Brazil, Canada and Turkey. There are changes in the efforts of LCI to enhance library services. For years, initiatives have been launched to place in the midst of digital evolution. LCI completed the creation of a strategic plan for library digitization in the 21st century. A pilot program that provided Internet access in public reading rooms contributed to the efforts to address technical, legal and administrative issues surrounding this service. Another development is the crafting of a new vision statement for reference service in an effort to reconcile the difference between traditional library reference services. At first glance, one can see similarities between online reference services through search engines and what is available in a library. The key differences are the absences of both mediation and evaluation.
ACCESSION #
16647606

 

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