Volume 20, Number 3 March 2000
From information finders to product designers
by Kim Guenther
BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES column relates that some predict the
demise of the professional librarian with the wide-scale adoption of
the Internet. Points out that as more information is offered online,
librarians are increasingly called on to tame the Web and to design
information products that feature ease of access to Web-based
resources. States that in many ways, the revolution in today's Web
publishing and product design arena is similar to the technical
evolution of the publishing industry in the mid-1980s. Notes that
information is now a product, and today's information market makes
the creation of Web-based front ends even more important to offer
user-friendly gateways to the digital libraries' resources. Outlines
the strategy from the book "Designing Business: Multiple Media,
Multiple Disciplines" by Clement Mok to provide an approach that
can be used as a tool for librarians.
Contains a list of references.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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