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The dedicatee of this Festschrift Issue is Anthony J. Wood, retiring as Head of the Department of Library and Information Science of Manchester Metropolitan University. His career is reviewed by the former Librarian of Manchester Polytechnic/ Manchester Metropolitan University.
Reflects on how some apparently harmless correspondence in three issues of Notes and Queries , September‐November 1884, regarding the quality of readers′ chairs in the Reading Room of the British Museum, and their usage by readers of both sexes, revealed some unbecoming sexist attitudes and some...
The DECIMAL project is a two‐year programme of research and technical investigation towards the development of a decision support module for integrated library systems. Describes the results of the research phase of the project. Examines the significance of performance measurement and other...
Examines the growing, and diverse, full‐text CD‐ROM marketplace. Draws heavily on material from the 10th and 12th editions of TFPL′s CD‐ROM Directory . Uses various parameters to discover the extent of fragmentation within the full‐text CD‐ROM marketplace. Full‐text CD‐ROMs are designed for...
The prospect of automatically generating abstracts has attracted researchers for some time, but the promise of superseding the human effort has yet to be realized. Surveys the approaches and techniques developed with the view to showing why this is so. Particular emphasis is placed on the...
A wide‐ranging look at the nature of information and at associated problems and concepts, based on a critical review of the literatures of library and information science, organization science, cognitive sciences, communication theory, and other disciplines.
Considers the forces that are likely to influence higher education in the UK in the late 1990s. The context is the HEFCE document, Review of Higher Education: Submission by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, published in February 1995. Outlines the current and future developments...
The need for investigation to provide hard evidence for management planning and decisions is well recognized. Statistical methods offer meaningful analyses of quantitative and qualitative data. Data may be acquired from published and official sources or by one′s own collecting. Evaluating other...
Proposes the “cyberpunk librarian” as an identity for the librarian able to operate in the emerging cyberspace. Describes the properties and culture of this electronic frontier. Reviews a broad range of literature to identify future directions for libraries and librarians who will have to seek a...
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