My reflections on this very new topic.
The topic of Bibliographic Standards is totally new to me as the task of cataloguing in my library is carried out by 2 library support staff. This module would be a challenge but an interesting one for me as i will get to know the technicalities, principles and practice of how information is organised.
1.2 Why do we need to organise information effectively?
Simply to enable information searcher to find information required within the shortest time-frame. Time is a precious resource for all and if information is not easily accessible due to poor organisation, it would be mean failure on the part of the information agency to provide good service.
Hider (2008 p21-23) stressed the importance of a common standard to be adopted for describing information resources. Only with proper input standards would there be consistent output which makes information retrieval systems effective. Once common standards are in place for various information resources, the exchange of information with various info. agencies internationally can be easily achieved. Adopting common standards will enable easy sharing and import of bibliographic data resulting in cost savings and time. This will eventually bring about overall service benefits provided by information centres especially those that cannot afford the services of an expert cataloguer. Hider( 2008) shared that if universal bibliographic control can be successfully achieved every unique information resource need only be catalogued once and other libraries can pay for the record if needed. This ideal state would result in time savings and greater information retrieval efficiency. I am definitely for such a move because as a TL, my time and expertise can be better spent collaborating with teachers to design resource-based and project-based lessons where students will apply information literacy and research skills taught. I am a firm supporter of Herring’s (2007), notion that a school library should be a centre of learning first and a centre for resources second.