MARS Goals 2001-02
- Conduct the MARS Section review scheduled for 2001-2002.
- Focus on critical areas of change in machine-assisted reference, such as:
- Examining methods, standards, and effectiveness of the delivery of live reference over the Internet. (Priority Area F)
- Helping to ensure that technology is implemented in a user-centered way, in such areas as the negotiation of licenses and the development of interfaces. (Priority Areas C, A)
- Supporting the role of public services librarians as advocates for the user both within their organizations and in relations with vendors. (Priority Areas G, C)
- Examining issues of the continuing access to and preservation of electronic materials as they affect users today and in the future. (Priority Area A)
- Looking at the competencies, skills and knowledge needed by public-services librarians in the emerging library, and examining methods for helping librarians to attain these skills. (Priority Area B)
- Exploring the relationship of services offered by libraries with those of the various commercial services increasingly perceived as alternatives to the library. (Priority Area G)
- Improve communication between the Executive Committee and the committee chairs by establishing of a listserv for this purpose. (Priority Area F)
- Build on the work of the "MARSBest" Selection Task Force by:
- Considering the establishment of a permanent committee to compile an annual list of the best free Web reference resources.
- Investigating the creation of a comparable task force for fee-based Web reference resources.
- Continue to enhance the MARS Web site. (Priority Area F)
- Continue to enhance the MARS Handbook, and continue to update the MARS Bylaws. (Priority Area F)
Established by the MARS Planning Committee with Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Bill McHugh, Midwinter 2001.