|Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship||Fall 1996|
A section on how to find subject-specific resources explains search methods which can be applied to the 'Net based on its functional and subject arrangements. URLs are supplied for several major sites. A section devoted to selected readings offers a bibliography of articles, books, and publications for further information.
Intended for readers who are familiar with the 'Net and who want to learn more about sci/tech uses, Science and Technology on the Internet PLUS is most appropriate for instructors who want guidance about how to present the subject to others. The text begins with fundamental communication activities, such as conferencing and finding individual colleagues, and progresses to more broad and formal applications such as news groups and reference tools. Clement describes the range of search and retrieval methods and offers informed and realistic discussion of electronic publishing. Learning the contents of the section on electronic publishing should enable trainers to give sound advice to scientists and engineers regarding aspects of e-publishing such as validity, availability, authority, reliability, and relative prestige of the format. Clement makes valuable comparisons between electronic publication and traditional print tools and explores some implications of future scenarios which could unfold as electronic publishing becomes more widespread.
Author Gail Clement's experience as Sciences/Information Services Librarian at Florida International University and in scientific research gives her a valuable perspective that lends credence to her approach to the topic of the Internet. Her work with scientists is evident from realistic examples she suggests which seem applicable to scientists' interests.