"2021: A Depository Odyssey"
Dream up the future. What does government information look like?
Is HAL in charge of your depository library? Why, why not? Are you Dave, out in the cold? What does your service look like? Your collections? What do you do in a typical day?
For the final session of the Spring 2006 meeting of the Depository Library Council in Seattle we’d like to hear from you. What’s your “future scenario” for the Federal Depository Library Program, for government information?
Some elements to include:
- collections - physical and electronic
- relationship with federal government - governance
- structure of "system" (FDLP)
- metadata - cataloging - invisible (virtual) finding aids - whatever you want to call it
Any others you can think of, or want to include.
Duncan Aldrich and Bill Sudduth have dreamed up their versions of the FDLP in 2015 or 2021. Does it look like your vision?
Please email your Future Scenarios to email@example.com.
You can also read and comment on any Future Scenarios that have been posted.
We'll collect the future scenario's posted and discuss them at the final session of DLC, Wednesday, 10:30am, in Seattle.
So, take charge, BE HAL! Let us know what you'd like the future to be. Let us know what you think the future will be.
4. Deploying Expertise
The focus here is not so much the old (pre-Internet) library-based reference model, nor even its more up-to-date email and chat reference variations, but on getting (delivering?) expertise to users where they are – in virtual space in their homes and offices. How do we go beyond the sophisticated, but library-bound vision of reference services proposed in John W. Fritch and Scott B. Mandernack's "The Emerging Reference Paradigm: A Vision of Reference Services in a Complex Information Environment" (Library Trends 50(2001): 286-305)?
- How can we bring some of the sophisticated reference structure of the library and the expertise of government information librarians to the network itself?
- How do we deliver reference services to those places on the web where citizens (virtually) congregate online?
- How do we organize our operations to provide reference where it is needed?
- What new technologies can help us expand our reach?
- How do we identify and deploy specific kinds of expertise, such as in a particular kind of documentation or government process?
- How can FDLs raise awareness of government information among public, school, and other types of librarians and libraries?
- How do we train other professionals and interested groups with whom people needing government information interact? For example, local school teachers? PTAs? League of women voters? Other civic groups?
- What has been learned from the national collaborative effort to provide references services to all customers, whether affiliated with a particular library or not?