2002-2003 Goals, Strategies, and Objectives
MARS Goals 2002-03
- Complete the 2001-2002 MARS Section review, addressing any issues raised and implementing appropriate changes suggested by the results.
- Explore possibilities for future RUSA/MARS pre-conferences and encourage committee-sponsored programs that promote the mission of RUSA/MARS.
- Establish a discussion group dealing with digital reference issues.
- Explore feasibility of a fee-based reference resources "best" list similar to the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites.
- Encourage a broader and more active membership in the MARS Section.
- Look at membership roster and consider the need for targeted outreach.
- Seek ways to promote more active participation by the membership in committees and discussion groups.
- Focus on current issues in technology and the provision of electronic reference, such as:
- Educating and preparing reference service personnel for the future, especially digital and live reference.
- Discussing the role of direct-to-the-consumer electronic services such as Ask Jeeves or refdesk.com. How do we define ourselves with respect to these services? Do they supplant or do they supplement library reference services?
- In light of recent heightened security concerns, ensuring that technological safeguards do not disenfranchise our users.
- Keeping informed of legislation that affects access to electronic products, including copyright and licensing, archiving, and fair use issues.
- Defining the needs of distance learners and using technology effectively to meet those needs.
- Continue to enhance the MARS Web site.
- Continue to enhance the MARS Handbook, and continue to update the MARS Bylaws.
Established by the MARS Planning Committee with Vice Chair/Chair-Elect LeiLani Freund, Midwinter 2002.