Thursday, March 29, 2012

What is a Bibliographic pathfinder?

Bibliographic Pathfinder???

      What is a bibliometric pathfinder and where can it be found?  According to the online dictionary for Library and Information Science, a pathfinder is:
A subject bibliography designed to lead the user through the process of 
researching a specific topic, or any topic in a given field or discipline, usually
 in a systematic, step-by-step way, making use of the best finding tools the 
library has to offer. Pathfinders may be printed or available online. 

       People of every age can benefit from the information rich environment of today’s world.  Individuals, who have the desire and ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively have the ability to achieve a greater degree of success.  A vital service now offered by many libraries of all types is pathfinders on various subjects.  Pathfinders can be located to increase accessibility of many different topics from services, educational purposes, job opportunities, and more, all to increase our quality of life.  As an example I am attaching a pathfinder list of historical fiction books for young adults that provide a description of each book.

      Pathfinders are readily available at most libraries and can offer a time saving advantage for young and old alike.  Libraries offer this service to all patrons.  If a library has the information listed online then it is “free for all” as was the desire of Andrew Carnegie who said:

“There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library,
this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”
Andrew Carnegie 

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