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Library Research Models: A Guide to Classification, Cataloging, and Computers
Most researchers, even with computers, find only a fraction of the sources relevant to their interest. As Library of Congress reference librarian Thomas Mann explains, people tend to work within one or another mental framework that limits their basic perception of the universe of knowledge available to them. Some, for example, work within a subject-disciplinary framework w ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 2nd 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA
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After 21 years, this book still has something to say about not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Certainly much has changed about what Mann calls "the Computer Workstation Model," and maybe some of the issues he brings up have been addressed, but the overall message of the book is as true as ever. There are many ways to get at the collected knowledge of humanity and we shouldn't just use one at the expense of the others. The best bits for me were the examples drawn from Mann's own experi ...more
Yes, this book was required reading for one of the Library/Information Science classes I'm taking (hence the "school" bookshelf created). However, it is a well-written course on the various methods of library research specifically in the Library of Congress setting. I was surprised to see that it was written in 1993 and still had relevant viewpoints on organizing a library for both librarians and researchers. At its most subtle, it's a battle-cry for the validity of the librarian profession. The ...more
May 01, 2008 Mk rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: LIS students
Recommended to Mk by: school
This books discusses many different ways of doing research and structuring reference materials. It was interesting to see how these systems overlap and complement each other, and the amount of information that it's possible to miss by only searching subject headings, or browsing shelfs, or searching for keywords. Finally, Mann offers a suggestion for physically restructuring reference sections to make information more readily accessible, and make teaching search skills easier.
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Mann's style is very approachable, which is the strongest suit of this book: even if I hadn't been reading it for class, I would have enjoyed it simply because his explanations are friendly and articulate at the same time. I think the book is getting a bit dated, but his overall point is very strong: the best research methods (and teaching of said methods) incorporate many avenues of access to information so that the weaknesses of one system of access are overcome by the strengths of the others. ...more