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- 7 February 2016
See also Data management portal | Medical education portal | Social media landscape | Ten (10) portals on health librarianship
What is a portal? ~ "...a portal is a convenient starting point for users who wish to explore several possible web navigation paths as determined by an expert in the field; it typically provides both a consolidated view of information with links to the best information that can be reached on the topic at hand..."
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"...one of the main opportunities afforded by social media is being able to listen to your community and their discussions about ideas that are important to them; this is why librarians can make use of tools such as Facebook and Twitter as part of their overall strategies to solve communication challenges in their work ..." A word of caution to librarians: "...Don't use any social media to provide library service if a majority of users cannot access the tool in the first place. I would only add that you can't plan for a sustainable service using the volatile tools of the social web. Many tools are best used for short bursts of contact and communication with your user groups or for professional networking..." — Dean Giustini