Surviving the Internet. Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web. Digital Reference. How did we get into this situation? Librarians vs. patron information seeking behavior Survival tool sites. First, a Mental Model of the Web.
Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk
SuperPages or “front end”[http://www.superpages.com/] Use Verizon’s interface to do nationwide searches of white and yellow pages.
Worldpages.com [http://global.wpz.com/] Click into the phone books of over 235 countries through this interface.
The Ultimates [http://www.theultimates.com] The Ultimates will run a name through several telephone directories without forcing the user to retype.
Search Systems [http://www.pac-info.com] Here is a directory of links to over 1,250 searchable, freely accessible public record databases.
KnowX [http://www.knowx.com] Search its business, people, and professional license databases for free. If you find your person, pay a minimal fee to view detailed results.People Finders
QIXO or “front end” [http://www.qixo.com] Here is a metasearch engine for travel, a “bot” that aggregates data from at least 27 independent travel sites, including Expedia, Orbitz, the airlines' own sites and smaller sites specializing in travel to certain destinations.
MapBlast [http://www.mapblast.com/] MapBlast, was one of the first mapmakers on the Web. If you know the address, you can get a map and directions for over 200 countries, including the Slovak Republic.
Weather Underground [http://www.wunderground.com/] This site offers forecasts where others fear to tread. Cuba, for example.
Onanda.com [http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic] Get your current and historical currency conversion rates here.
Indo.com: How Far Is It? [http://www.indo.com/distance/] Type the names of any two cities into the search boxes on this Indonesian travel site, and it will tell you the distance between them (as the crow flies) in miles, kilometers, and nautical miles (in case you will be swimming).Travel Sites
And We Become Masters of the Medium and the Machines!
Questions? or “front end”