In applying these theories to the health science information environment, we are using HyperCard to create links between a model of medical information structure and the preferred information sources and common information seeking behaviors of those in the medical environment. This program will be tailored with graphics and digitized images to support the occasional patron who needs either a quick answer to a common question or specific instruction towards becoming a self-reliant library user. For example, within the program, maps of the library will contain buttons on which the patron may click for more information about that tool or service. The flexibility of HyperCard permits each user to navigate the program in a variety of directions, from common questions or search strategies, from the location of type of tool, ultimately referring only to those portions of the program which are of immediate relevance. This offers the potential for more personalized and specialized assistance than a videotape or library pathfinder, and can be accessible at times when the librarian is unavailable.
Date last modified: September 15, 1997.
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