Frequently Asked Questions

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Below, are the most frequently asked questions from users of
    the Library since 1995. Many answers are provided in the form
    of links to other sections of the Library so that you can get
    used to using those most useful sections and to avoid duplicating
    their information herein.

    What is the purpose and scope of the Library? How is it unique?
    What’s its “niche”?

    See What Is the Free Management Library?

    How can I learn to use the Library to best meet my needs?

    See How To Use the Library

    What if I want to copy or distribute materials from the library?
    Who owns the materials?

    See Copyright, Reprint

    How can I add materials to the Library?

    See Community Rules and How to Add Content to the Library.

    Can I get Library materials provided to me on a CD-ROM or
    as printed-out documents?

    The materials in the Library are owned by the authors and/or
    publishers of those materials — the Library does not own most
    of the materials referenced from the Library. Thus, the Library
    does not have the right to copy, publish and/or distribute those
    materials. The Library provides those materials primarily by providing
    links to them. For more information, see Copyright, Reprint.

    Where can I find additional sources of assistance to solve
    management problems or achieve goals?

    There is a vast range of free resources available to you in
    the “General Resources” section on the right-hand sidebar.
    Also, see the “Related Library Topics” and “Recommended
    Books” referenced from the bottom of each topic’s page.

    Why doesn’t the Library annotate each of the links in the
    Library?

    An annotation is a very short (2- or 3-line) description of
    the highlights of a particular resource, for example, of an article.
    Different users often need different results from, and can have
    different perspectives on, the same resource. Brief annotations
    are often very generic and, thus, very often can’t be specific
    and useful enough to those having diverse needs from the same
    resource.

    Also, we’ve found since 1995 that users very rarely ask for
    annotations — instead, they find it more useful to quickly click
    on the link to the article and then quickly scan it for themselves
    according to their own needs and perspectives.

    Besides, the links we provide to articles are almost always
    on other websites — those websites often annotate the articles.

    Thus, we do not annotate each article in the Library.

    Why doesn’t the Library offer online discussion groups for
    each of its many topics?

    Online discussion groups and blogs are popping up like popcorn.
    The vast majority of them do not achieve the high rate of participation
    and feedback needed to make them useful to participants. The vast
    majority fizzle out and die altogether.

    However, there are several online groups in regard to management
    that have already achieved that very high level of participation.
    They have 1,000s of participants and are relevant to the vast
    majority of topics in regard to management.

    Our interests are ensuring that our users get prompt and useful
    feedback — they’re much more likely to get that kind of feedback
    from an already established online group, rather than our trying
    to start a bunch of new groups.

    Thus, we link to the current, highly participative groups —
    see the link to “Online Groups” in the right-hand sidebar.

    Why doesn’t the Library include users’ ratings of each article
    in the Library?

    Our users report to us that ratings of articles are not really
    useful to them. They rarely look for ratings. It’s just as easy
    for them to quickly scan an article to see if it meets their own
    unique needs at that particular time.

    Why doesn’t the Library include the text of each article on
    the Library’s Website, rather than linking to articles?

    Nowadays, the vast majority of writers of articles already
    have Web sites. We don’t see the need to duplicate their articles
    on the Library’s website. We have no interest in owning or managing
    other’s articles. We don’t need to.

    Why isn’t the Library integrated in an online dynamic system,
    such as Active Server Pages or a database-driven system?

    From its inception in 1995, 1,000s of organizations began linking
    to many of the 100s of topics in the Library. Many schools include
    specific links in their course materials to specific topics in
    the Library. Many hardcopy, published articles have included links
    in their articles, as well.

    Moving to a different system would result in changing (breaking)
    those many links and Web addresses and/or in administrating a
    cumbersome mapping system between the old links and the new links.

    We’ve found that we can retain the very useful organization
    of resources (including categories, topics, subtopics, etc.) and
    the same link addresses without having the break the links or
    requiring our users to use links that are 100s of characters long.