Gale – Reference Reviews – Péter’s Digital Reference Shelf – April 2009 – ticTOCs


In the era when many expect even traditional library and information services to talk, sing and dance, to show photographs of the authors and play video interviews with them, a Table of Contents (TOC) service may not be that exciting. It is for me, as I know from practice how much time one can save by using such a service. In my salad days, when I was in charge of an information and computer science library, an indexing/abstracting unit and a small software development unit (an unusual but extremely educative combination), the highlight of the week was when I thumbed through the most recent issues of the dozens of journals to see the latest developments in the hardware, software and “dataware” arenas.