April 14, 2003

A very interesting article from the latest D-Lib about the new trend (or, actually, not so new) to personalizing library web sites: Building Upon the MyLibrary Concept to Better Meet the Information Needs of College Students by Susan Gibbons. What I got out of it is that the next wave of portals we provide to our students will not be based on the subjects or programs we think they are in, but on the actual courses they are taking. A bit of a stretch, maybe, but our students are notoriously impatient with (and indifferent to) our efforts to get them to the information resources we think they need. The article also suggests that these kinds of efforts will by their very nature lead to a closer relationship between us and the faculty we serve. Thought provoking.

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