ERIC Number: ED232655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Back to the Books: Bibliographic Instruction and the Theory of Information Sources.
Atkinson, Ross, Ed.
This collection of four papers on the applicability of bibliographic theory to bibliographic instruction is introduced by Ross Atkinson, who sees a shift away from political and pedagogical concerns in bibliographic instruction. In "Pragmatic Bibliography," Patrick Wilson contrasts wholesale or comprehensive bibliography (the compilation of national and trade bibliographies, library catalogs, and abstracting and indexing journals) with pragmatic bibliography (the activity of one person engaged in a specific limited inquiry). Frances L. Hopkins, in "Bibliographic Instruction as a Liberal Art: An Application of Patrick Wilson's Theory of Pragmatic Bibliography," presents a rationale for teaching bibliographic instruction as a liberal art and provides an outline of a proposed program of instruction in bibliographic inquiry. In his paper entitled "On the Nature of Literatures: A Synergetic Attempt," Conrad H. Rawski describes scientific and research literatures as a complex system of interconnected parts. A 123-item bibliography is included. In "Shaping a Bibliographic Instruction Program for Undergraduate Science Students: Applications of a Model of the Structure of the Scientific Literature," Thomas Kirk applies Rawski's theory to the design of an ideal program and presents an outline of such a program. A summary of the four papers by Ross Atkinson and background information on the speakers conclude the document. (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.