Library JournalToday more libraries are discovering that the information needs of the public cannot be met using traditional methods alone. Library web sites on the Internet are becoming more common as libraries respond to patron demands. The Internet Public Library (www.ipl.org), the first virtual library on the web, began its online presence in 1995. Written by the site's creators, this handbook reflects what they've learned in developing the site, the mistakes they've made, and their ongoing problems. Serving as an instructional tool for other libraries creating a web site, it will help readers answer such questions as: Would my library benefit from having a web site? What will the mission be? How will my library create a successful web site? Who will answer reference questions online? Can I serve the young people in my community online? How will an online collection be established and maintained? What will make this library's site unique from the others? How will the virtual library be funded? The six authors have spared no details, good and bad, in recounting their experiences with the IPL. Their informal, chatty text gives readers the feeling that they are interacting with you directly. Examples from their web pages illustrate the points made. One of the best things libraries can do in developing a web site is to visit the IPL online. It's remarkable! Yes, there are many books on HTML, creating web pages, etc. But there aren't any that can compare to this for developing a library web site. Highly recommended for purchase by all types of libraries.--Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
BooknewsA handbook by people who played key roles in developing the Internet Public Library, the first virtual public library designed exclusively to serve the online community. They offer guidance for providing library and information services on the Internet, including reference services and storytelling. They also discuss outreach, site design and organization, working with distributed users and staff, and access issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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