Document (#27478)

Author
Foskett, D.J.
Title
Ranganathan and 'user-friendliness'
Source
Libri. 42(1992) no.3, S.227-234
Year
1992
Abstract
Contribution to a thematic issue devoted to an investigation and celebration of the works of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. His 'Five laws of library science' place the user as the focus of library and information service and emphasise the need to understand and interpret the subject of the user's enquiry which contributes to user-friendliness. Concept organisation is required at the input stage, ba analysing the user's document content, and at the output stage, by analysing the user's information need from the terms in his or her enquiry. Facet analysis reflects a natural way of thinking and can be introduced into computerised systems without difficulty.
Ranganathan always showed a great concern for the user and all the ways he or she would use a library. His work is no less applicable in the computer age, and principles such as the Five Laws of Library Science are valid no matter how information is sought. Foskett discusses user friendliness and the usefulness of facet analysis in online systems, which he says it will work very well for information storage, retrieval, and searching. Time will undoubtedly prove him correct

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