Volume 17, Number 1 January 2000
Glimpses into the 'New Online Order' ... and some helpful tips for how to build the perfect info-pro
by Barbara Quint
QUINT'S ONLINE column reports that the New Online Order has arrived
and everyone has become an online searcher. Notes that the Internet
created the platform for a universal answering tool by linking
sources designed around specific views of user needs and of a site's
resources to respond to those interests. Looks at what features and
content a portal designed for information professionals would need.
Says that it would round up all the sources professionals use today
and plan to use tomorrow, provide all the writings in the field,
along with links to professional associations and computer coverage
of professional conferences, draw on professional literature from
related fields, etc. Observes that professionals usually have
options for reaching different data, but if the portal could offer
ways to use its resources more efficiently, that should ensure users
stay with the portal throughout the search process.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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