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The Truth is Out There - Now Go and Get It!

the Institute website has a lot of information

While attending seminars at the Dallas convention, I was reminded more than once that we are not yet completely familiar and comfortable with the Internet. In each instance, the speaker was discussing web sites that the speaker assumed were well known. And, in each instance, as I glanced around the room, I saw a lot of people with that "deer in the headlights" expression.

The subject of each of these seminars was information intended to make life easier for CSI chapter and region officers. CSI is making information available, but it isn't getting to those who need it.

it's just a click away

After years of misleading ads promoting "user-friendly" and "intuitive" programs, software vendors have finally delivered. The best example of user-friendly software is e-mail. People who can't tie their own shoes are able to receive and send e-mail after only a short familiarization. A close second is the Internet browser. A few mouse clicks are all that is necessary to surf the web.

Dare I say that most of us now use e-mail? Certainly we all know people who have it and either check it rarely or ignore it completely, but it has finally become an integral part of business communication. The Internet, on the other hand, is something we're still getting used to. Unfortunately, those who have embraced the new technology often overlook this fact; they mistakenly assume that everyone else knows how to access the information they have made available at their web sites.

One of the problems with information on web sites is that you have to go there to get the information. But before that, you have to know that the web site is there, and you have to know how to get there. And once you get there, you have to understand how hyperlinks work.

For those who haven't yet done so, fire up your Internet browser and visit the CSI web site at Click on the links at the left side of the screen (Membership, Chapters, and so on). Each of these areas has something of value to members, chapters, or regions.

From most pages on the Institute web site there is a link to the Member Services area. From there you can look up information about other members, find out who the officers are, even get a list of members of any chapter. While you're there, make sure your own information is correct by clicking on "change profile".

CSI has made a lot of information available - now go and get it!

2001 Sheldon Wolfe, RA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, 
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August 2001

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