Running Head: TRADITIONAL FOOD STORAGE METHODS
Matt responded that he wanted to use it for his garden.He is planning on growing largequantities of produce and wants to store it so it does not spoil. He is interested in foods that weretraditionally grown in particular cultures, and most importantly, the storage of those foods. Withregards to the format, he said books and online sources were fine, the most important thing wasthat the material had good visual aids and were very detailed with lots of examples(M. Linden,personal communication, April, 23, 2010). I restated what I understood his information need tobe (information and directions about traditional food storage methods for a personal garden¶sbounty, represented textually and visually in a detailed way, with an interest in any effectiveformat) and we agreed that we were both on the same page. I was resolved to find my clientsome good, detailed food preservation information.
After the client interview, my next step was to develop and conduct a search for myclient¶s information needs. I decided that I would start by doing a relaxed Google search, just toget more familiar with the topics, and then I would move from there to DIALOG in order to testthe subject terms I had gathered. After fleshing those two options out, my plan was to then moveto some library catalogs and online booksellers to find some books. I planned to allow myself theflexibility to restructure my search as needed.I began with some Googling. I searched the internet to find some websites dealingwith traditional food preservation, like pickling, canning, drying and root cellaring. My clienthad a loose definition of traditional. Geographically, he was most interested in Eurasian andNative/North American techniques, with no particular emphasis on strict time periods, as long asthe methods were culturally traditional. This was vague and allowed for a lot of information hits,