School of Information Management & Systems.
Design of Library Services. M. Buckland.
Study Guide / Design Study.
Draft one-page Scope Note due March 12; Progress Report due April 2;
Extended Draft April 16; Final Guide due May 7 latest.
Imagine that some-one has hired you to do a preliminary investigation
on some library-related topic. Your task is to create a short "portfolio"
of materials (max. 20 pages) to be built up piece by piece that will
study guide by the end of the semester.
Select some aspect of library service and imagine someone who wants to
know about it. What you develop should be designed as a study guide to
be placed in the hands of someone else who will investigate this topic
after the end of the semester, but, unfortunately, was unable to take
this class. So you need to provide an concise presentation of what you have
learned and guidance on how continue and to build on what you have done. (You could
also think of this as a briefing prepared by a librarian (you) for a busy
senior manager (who is not a librarian),
or in the form of a consultant's report (you are the consultant)
recommending a new or revised
Group option: Select some group: freshman undergraduates, the homeless,
musicologists, market researchers, genetic engineers, recent
Russian immigrants, any definable group. What can be said about providing
library services and information for this group.
Examples: A city councillor wants to know about public library service
to the house-bound. The owner of an engineering firm asks how the
engineers can remain up-to-date. An environmental activist group
want to know how to become and remain better informed. A college
president, planning to starting an Ethnic Studies program wants to
know what kind of library service would be needed. A philanthropic
foundation has been asked for a grant to develop libraries a developing
Service option: Pick as aspect of library service that would
build on an existing interest or expertise.
Examples: A small public library wants to build a website;
a special library wants build a corporate internet; an architect has decided
to compete to design a library and needs to find out about
library-specific building requirements.
The contents and design of the Study Guide should
use the following structure unless there is reason to do
otherwise. The balance between 3 and 4 is likely to vary considerable
with choice of theme.
1. Brief introduction to the study guide.
2. Short explanation of theme.
3. Discussion of the issues.
4. An annotated, evaluative guide for finding to selected sources,
both print and online, with an emphasis on selecting the best examples of
different types of resource, emphasizing library resources:
Encyclopedias, textbooks, bibliographies, internet sources, associations,
special collections (archives, libraries, museums,...), etc., as applicable.
5. Discussion / explanation of any terminological or conceptual aspects.
6. Recommendations: Problems and priorities for improving library service.
7. What could / should be done to develop an even better guide if you had
Postscript: Summary of what you learned and/or found interesting about
this Study Guide.
Draft the best guide that you can, within the balance of the six hours a week.
Class time will be devoted continuously to discussion of the study guides.
Short in-class presentations, maybe, of what you discovered. Individual
consultation with the instructor will be expected.
The choice of theme will be subject to the instructor's approval and the
relationship of the portfolio to other academic work will need to be explained.
The theme may well need to be modified during the course of the semester
depending on how much material is found.