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Subject:

How is the concept of the 'portal' being understood in different sectors - and being redefined over time?

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Daniel Sabel <[log in to unmask]>

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Daniel Sabel <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:46:34 +0100

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CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
7 Ridgmount St, London WC1E 7AE.

Tel: 020 7255 0500  
Textphone: 020 7255 0505  
Fax: 020 7255 0501  
E-mail: Mailto:[log in to unmask] 

News from CILIP
Tuesday 27 June 2006
For immediate release  (Please copy to online discussion lists)

How is the concept of the 'portal' being understood in different sectors - and being redefined over time? 

How should portals be designed and managed? 
How can library and information services use different types of portal to improve access to resources? 
What impact will Web 2.0 or new research needs have on their future? 

This new book by Facet Publishing tackles these issues and offers a unique range of perspectives from across the information world.

First applied to internet gateways such as Yahoo, the concept of the 'portal' has evolved in a bewildering number of directions. Different themes of personalisation, aggregation or integration seem to have dominated our understanding of what a portal should be at different times. Many organisations and institutions have borrowed the idea from the net to address local problems of integrating and presenting information sources to users - yet they have developed the concept in different ways. Meanwhile new models seem to be constantly emerging from the internet.

Portals: people, processes and technology, edited by Andrew Cox, tracks this evolving concept, which is clearly of particular concern for information services. How can they best take advantage of internet portals to improve access to resources? What are the requirements for delivery of diverse content through a local portal? And how do portals run by libraries relate to wider organisational initiatives?

This edited collection seeks answers to these questions, providing the library and broader information community with an overview of how portals are currently being used. Leading edge researchers and practitioners explore the variety of ways in which the aspiration to portalize information is currently being realised and offer several views on likely future trends.

The book is divided into five sections:

*	Section 1 discusses generic aspects of portals such as questions of definition, as well as 	exploring the underlying technologies and overarching management issues, and the concepts 	of personalisation and user needs analysis
*	Section 2 focuses on the role of information services in developing portals 
*	Sections 3 and 4 analyse the current experience of portals within the corporate, public and 	academic sectors, with case studies and reviews of sector trends
*	Section 5 offers various perspectives on the future development of the concept of the 	portal. 

This is an invaluable book for the growing numbers of information practitioners interested in developing or contributing to a portal, and those supporting users of portals. It will also be useful to students of information management seeking to increase their understanding of how the concept of the portal is being realised in the information world.

Contact: Mark O'Loughlin, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing.
Tel: 020 7255 0597. E-mail: Mailto:[log in to unmask]

Notes to Editors

Dr Andrew Cox is a Lecturer in Information Management at the Department of Information Studies, Sheffield University.

Facet Publishing is one of the largest publishers worldwide in the field of library and information science. At the forefront of library and information development, Facet Publishing has a comprehensive list covering all the major areas of professional activity.

CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers.  It forms a community of around 35,000 people engaged in library and information work, of whom around 22,000 are CILIP members and around 12,000 are regular customers of CILIP Enterprises. Website: www.cilip.org.uk.
  
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Daniel Sabel
Committee Coordinator
CILIP | 7 Ridgmount Street | London | WC1E 7AE 
020 7255 0656
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