March 2007 Comprehensive Exam

CUA School of Library and Information Science


PART 1: FRIDAY, March 16th, 2007

Answer two of the following five questions. You MUST save your answers as a Microsoft Word file with the file name: StudentID#(write in your Test ID number)Question(write in the number of the question you are answering) i.e. SudentID#99Question2

In answering questions, discuss professional matters, principles and issues that apply to the question asked.

Answers should be supported, whenever possible, with references to the professional literature and/or course content, whether or not this is actually stated in the question.

  • Identify three methods for providing user education (formerly known as bibliographic instruction). Discuss when each method is and is not appropriate.
  • Collaboration with stakeholders is essential to any library or information service. For an information setting of your choice, explain how you as a leader would develop collaboration with stakeholders inside and outside the organization. For your chosen setting, explain who the most important stakeholders are apt to be and why they are important to the delivery of information services. How would you foster collaboration with stakeholders in the process and how would you encourage and involve staff in the process?
  • Evaluation is essential to any information center. For an information service setting of your choice, select one area, such as collection development, digital repositories, face-to-face or virtual reference services, competitive intelligence, or knowledge management. Identify and critique several successful evaluation methods for your selected area.
  • What are the issues and considerations you need to take into account as you formulate a mission statement for your library or archive? Give two examples of how, as a manager or librarian, you would use your mission statement.
  • Interoperability is a highly valued concept in the field of library and information science. Define interoperability and discuss its significance. In addition, discuss interoperability within a distinct information application, context, or domain.


PART 2: SATURDAY, March 17th, 2007

  • Select three common library policies. Discuss how they can facilitate access to a library's information as well as the library's facilities. How and when can those same policies, intentionally or unintentionally, prevent access?
  • In recent times the library and information science profession has witnessed global efforts to assist libraries and archives in crisis. For instance, since 2003 when Saddam Hussein's regime fell in Iraq, the British Library has worked closely with the Iraq Library and Archive to restore the collection by replacing rare books and documents destroyed by the looting. Philosophically, as world citizens, what is our professional responsibility to assist in recovery operations and protect and preserve our global cultural heritage? To what extent can our professional codes of ethics provide guidance on this issue?
  • Many libraries have included digital resources in their services. Like print materials, these resources need to be managed. Describe how the management of digital resources is different from that of print resources and explain why the differences exist. As you consider the management process, keep in mind the process includes selecting, acquiring, organizing, delivering resources, and preserving resources for long-term use.
  • Metadata support many purposes such as resource discovery and administration. Choose one standard metadata schema and discuss its characteristics and elements in relation to the purposes of that standard. In addition, describe a specific application and identify some considerations when you are adapting this standard to the application.
  • As more students rely on the Web to do research and participate in online classes, fewer students visit libraries in person. Focusing your answer on either P-12 or higher education, discuss what your library should do to contribute to these students' learning, what technologies would help address these students' needs, and what other stakeholders should be involved in this effort?
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