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Study Findings from A.F. Cossham et al Provide New Insights into Information Technology

February 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Data detailed on Information Technology have been presented. According to news reporting from Lower Hutt, New Zealand, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "The IFLA functional requirements for bibliographic records model has had a major impact on cataloguing principles and practices over the past fifteen years. This paper evaluates the model in the light of changes in the wider information environment (especially to information resources and retrieval) and in information seeking behaviour online, rather than in terms of library catalogues per se. Approach."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research, "Using a critical analytic approach, it reviews a range of literature across library and information science, and analyses the implications of the changing information environment and information behaviour on usefulness of the model. The paper argues that although the functional requirements for bibliographic records model may be useful in terms of thinking about the bibliographic universe as constituted when the model was first developed, there have been major changes in the form, format, nature, publishing, and relationships of information resources, along with significant developments in users' information seeking behaviour, understanding and expectations."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The model may no longer be sufficient as a theoretical and conceptual basis for cataloguing rules and hence for library catalogues, nor for understanding the bibliographic universe."

For more information on this research see: Bibliographic records in an online environment. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 2013;18(3):518-527. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal can be contacted at: Univ Sheffield Dept Information Studies, Univ Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, S Yorks, England.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.F. Cossham, Open Polytechnic New Zealand, Sch Informat Sci & Technol, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand.

Keywords for this news article include: Lower Hutt, Information Technology, Australia and New Zealand

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