In this presentation McDermott discussed methods for adapting traditional reference skills to a digital environment and addressed the sudden appearance of the World Wide Web the at the reference desk and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this new technology for librarians. She also suggested a number of sturdy and reliable Web sites that can be used to answer reference questions.
Irene E. McDermott is a Reference Librarian and the Systems Manager at the San Marino Public Library in California. Before she received her library degree from UCLA, McDermott served as Associate Research Editor for Salem Press for over ten years. During that time, she worked at night to hone her skills as an actress, comedienne, and theatrical director. McDermott abandoned the theater for a career as an information professional because she was so excited by the possibilities of the emerging World Wide Web. McDermott lives in Pasadena with her husband and son. Her column, "Internet Express", appears monthly in Searcher magazine. Her book, The Librarians' Internet Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk External, was published in September by Information Today. [last update 2002]
By Irene E. McDermott, San Marino Public Library
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