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to the editor:

I enjoyed the article by Bob Ainsbury and Michelle Futornick ("The Revenge of the Library Scientist," ONLINE, November/December 2000). As an employee of AltaVista and a librarian by training, I feel that the skills I learned in library school have been easy to transfer in the high-tech industry. With the excitement over the new field of Information Architecture, librarians can make the transition into the word of user interface architecture: ontology/thesaurus development--even search technology research. I have shared my expertise from the library world to help AltaVista from their Web site to their research and I truly believe that I have made a difference.

I feel it is also important for former librarians who are in the high-tech industry to go back to the schools and share what they have learned. I think students in library school value it when someone in a non-traditional setting takes the time to share their experiences, which is something I have done at the University of Illinois and I am open to do for other programs.

Lisa G. Chan

Interaction & Information Architect

Alta Vista Company


I'm delighted that you have taken the initiative to go to library schools and share with them the expanding opportunities for which their degree potentially qualifies them. …

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