Volume 20, Number 3 March 2000
Do the means justify the end-user searching?
by D. Scott Brandt
TECHMAN'S TECHPAGE column focuses on end-user searching, and notes
it is scary to hear librarians imply that end-users should leave
searching to people who know how to do it right. Says that typical
end-user instruction/training/teaching in searching touches on six
capabilities for successful results: defining a topic, formulating a
search, finding the right place to search, evaluating/revising
strategies, and communicating to others (as needed). Ponders on the
difference between a serious researcher and a recreational user of
the Internet, whether end users are really capable of defining their
problems, and if they should be allowed to use library machines for
e-mail. Guesses that the majority of end users are not sophisticated
searchers and are not looking for sophisticated answers, but
believes in the goodness of improving searching skills.
Includes a list of references.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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