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Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Reconsidering (or Re[dis]covering?) the “Classical Principles of Librarianship” in the Light of Internet.

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1 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Reconsidering (or Re[dis]covering?) the “Classical Principles of Librarianship” in the Light of Internet Workshop #9

2 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Workshop participants: Vojtěch Balík, Czech Republic Eugenia Bejan, Moldova M. Gaia Gato, Italy Pavel Krbec, Czech Republic Milos Petrovic, Slovenia Danica Radovanovic, Yugoslavia Bohdana Stoklasová, Czech Republic Eugen Svoboda, Canada Martin Svoboda, Czech Republic Johan van Wyngaerden, Netherlands

3 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Is the Library and Information Science truly a Science?  It is not SCIENCE in the sense of discovering principles, it is rather an ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE in the sense of providing people with tools. However, the more complex it becomes, there is more and more science in it  It is an ART of providing SERVICES and ACCESS and playing the right role in the more and more complex information age  It is neither just Art,nor just Science. It is multidisciplinary, bridging both arts and sciences to help us to serve our Readers in the quest for knoweledge

4 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 What are the time-proven principles of librarianship? To assess and continuously re-assess the developing needs of users so as to be able  to identify their short and long term needs,  to facilitate user’s access to information resources satisfactorily reflecting their needs, and  to establish “commons” where people and ideas interact to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge

5 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 What is the role of technology in librarianship?  it is an excellent TOOL to be used with caution  develops dependency  can put a barrier between a user and library services  can misdirect from original mission

6 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 What is the role of Internet in librarianship?  it is again an excellent TOOL:  breaks time and space barrier  provides access to a wealth of new information sources  some of them are worth being included into library collection  it is also source of “information pollution”

7 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Do ICT change principles?  They do not change principles - rather they provide a new and immensely powerful (but also dangerous) tool to implement and improve old tasks

8 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Was there an overestimation of Internet & underestimation of time-proven library functions during recent 10 years?  Generally: YES  “Waking up“ or sobering out of euphoria  Negative consequences – less serious in countries with stronger economies and vice versa  “Comeback“ to the classical collections in the sense of complex & heterogeneous collections  Importance of balance

9 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Functions where libraries [should] play the key role - ability to find (obtain) relevant information (resources) + - ability to describe resources to make them accessible + ability to preserve the resources to make them accessible also in the future + ability to provide users with appropriate services based on local and remote resources reflecting their needs and using all the tools available at the particular time-period

10 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Are the libraries prepared and willing to compete and cooperate with other players in the information market? Not enough [yet?]

11 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Are the libraries prepared and willing to cooperate among themselves? Not enough [yet?]

12 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Are the libraries prepared for change?  Not enough [yet?],  sometimes they are even scared,  often they are dragged by events

13 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Internet and international sharing - protecting national identity or keeping status quo?  Globalisation yes, not losing national identity  National identity should not mean inability to change cataloguing rules, formats, etc.

14 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Improving access: collection development including preservation  standardised collection description needed (not on item, rather on the collection level, e.g. “Conspectus”)  needed [not only] for collection management

15 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Improving access: resources description, information gateways, integrating heterogenous resources  collection and other resources description needed in an internationally uniform, standardised way to enable building open portals / gateways

16 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Improving access: physical accessibility  better accessibility for disabled, handicapped, elderly...  remote locations (bibliobuses, etc.)

17 Workshop #9 Report ELAG 2001 Prague, 6.-8.6.2001 Conclusions & Recommendations To be able to continue in playing the key roles, the libraries have to  be open and willing to co-operate to strengthen their position among other players  be flexible in implementing ICTICT  develop and follow standards (not only MARC) enabling them to cooperate not only in the “library world” but also among other players  not forget that we serve users


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