Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Internet Librarian

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Internet Librarian

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Laverna Saunders, Ed.D., is the dean of library, instructional, and learning support at Salem State College. Send news and article queries to her there: 352 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970-5353 saunders@noblenet.org

The McLibrary: Fast and Hot Information to Go

The Internet has changed our sense of time and how we do research. We expect instantaneous results and don't have the patience to wade through numerous screens of information, let alone go back to a print index. Most libraries are canceling subscriptions to print indexes if they have access to an electronic version. It will be just a matter of time until the more specialized and academic indexes are also available electronically.

I am always in a hurry, and I feel that I don't have the time to construct a proper information search. I usually pick the general index that is listed at the top of the list. Our Webmaster has changed the sequence of the lists on the library home page to encourage users to search where the reference librarians think they should start. Users also begin at the top. As the library subscribes to more general Web-based indexes, it is more challenging to present and market them. Which index is appropriate for what type of information search? What is the most effective way to search? What are the tricks to powerful searching? How do we communicate all of that to the users? Do they even care?

At the end of the day when I am tired, a hamburger from the drive-through window at the fast food restaurant satisfies my hunger. …

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