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No Longer Under Our Control: The Nature and Role of Standards in the 21st Century Library

Description: This lecture script examines the nature and role of standards for the emerging 21st century library. Given the dynamic character of the networked environment, when are standards appropriate and how can they be developed in a manner consistent with the volatility of information technologies and changing library services? What are the roles and responsibilities of standards developing organizations, technology vendors, content creators, and librarians for standards? Do local practices of libraries threaten standards-based resource sharing and resource access technologies? Can local needs be balanced with broader library community responsibilities, and how do standards affect this balance? The speaker's assumption is that adherence to standards has never been more critical, yet his implementation experience with Z39.50 and MARC suggests that the commitment to national and international standards by librarians, technology vendors, and content creators are often an example of good intentions rather than actual practice. This standards disconnect threatens the emerging 21st century library's ability to deliver fundamental services in appropriate ways to their users.
Date: December 3, 2003
Creator: Moen, William E.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Three Strokes and Some Eggs

Description: The square painting consists of a layering of grids. Variations in the colors in the bottom layer of paint creates shapes which the scratched out grid lines reveal. On the top most layer are three vertical streaks of a light color paint.
Date: 2003
Creator: Graham, Ann
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Curved Edges and Grid

Description: This square painting consists of two yellow sections with grid patterns and texture. Across the surface is a rough swath of purple which reveals the scratched and grid pattern texture of the underlying layer.
Date: 2003
Creator: Graham, Ann
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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