Comps Question Analyses

I got these two Comps Questions Analysis study guides from Sue Ann Orsini and Lynette Simpson. They worked very hard to compile them and I appreciate the fact that they so willingly shared them with us. These are great guides, and Sue Ann suggested that we should take the broad topics and actually fill out the outline ourselves — it helped tremendously with learning the information and organizing it in her mind.

Sue Ann's Comps Question Analysis

Lynette's Comps Resource Guide

Topics and Subtopics to start with:


  • Virtual Technology
  • Technology for Student Learning
  • Interoperability
  • Mobile Technology
  • Library 2.0/Web 2.0
  • Digital Libraries vs. Print Resources
  • Federated Search
  • Usability and User Interface Design
  • Intranet

Cataloging and Info Organization Issues

  • User Education/ Bibliographic Instruction
  • Authority Control v. Social Tagging
  • Cataloging and Organizational Issues
  • Google v. OPAC
  • Metadata
  • Repositories
  • Catalog/Taxonomies

Library Marketing/Business Models

  • Outsourcing
  • Marketing
  • Collaboration with Stakeholders
  • Embedded Librarians


  • Evaluation of Libraries
  • Library Management
  • Collection Development
  • Mission Statements
  • Knowledge Management
  • Acquisitions

Societal Issues

  • Future of Libraries
  • Role of Library in Digital World
  • Role of Library in Society
  • Role of Library in Education
  • Role of Library in Democracy
  • Reference
  • Policy

Librarianship issues

  • Role of the Librarian
  • Ethics
  • Privacy
  • Copyright
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