The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources

The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources

by Nicholas Tomaiuolo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0910965676

ISBN-13: 9780910965675

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Information Today, Inc.


A guide to creating a comprehensive personal library using free web resources, this book demonstrates the steps to compiling a web library that includes a vast, rich collection of data, documents, e-books, reference materials, and images. Organized in accordance with the departments of a well-managed physical library, this guide shows librarians, potential…  See more details below

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A guide to creating a comprehensive personal library using free web resources, this book demonstrates the steps to compiling a web library that includes a vast, rich collection of data, documents, e-books, reference materials, and images. Organized in accordance with the departments of a well-managed physical library, this guide shows librarians, potential librarians, and those who simply want to better organize their files how to access free material that can be used immediately. Free articles and indexes, digital reference services, electronic books, images, and software and hardware issues are covered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780910965675
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Includes Web Links and Updates
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Figuresxiii
Tablesxvi
About the Web Pagexvii
Forewordxix
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Introduction1
Chapter 1Free Articles and Indexes: Can You Afford Not to Use Them?9
Why It Pays to Listen to Mother11
An Illustrative Comparison16
More for Free19
Selected Collections of Digitized Journals22
Pointers to Online Collections23
A Word to the Wise (Librarian)24
Online Magazines: A Close Read24
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Paul Katcher, Time.com25
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Katie Bacon, the Atlantic Unbound28
MagPortal.com: An Aggregator at Your Service33
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Bill Dimm, MagPortal34
Other Aggregators and Portals for Online Magazines and Journals39
Just Help Me Find It!42
Other Free Indexes to Help You Locate Periodical Articles45
Staying Alert Without Caffeine, Exercise, or Meditation49
Great Things Ahead58
Use Your Library Card59
Conclusion61
Sample Annual Savings61
Chapter 2All the News that Fits and a Few Gigs More63
Here's the Scoop on Newspaper Reading64
Typical Newspaper Expenditures by Libraries and Information Professionals68
Free Model Is an International Model70
What's Online?71
Wait--There's More74
Behind the Scenes at a Newspaper Web Site78
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gary Duchane, Hartford Courant79
Broadcast Journalism News Sites84
Alternate Approaches: Of Ananova and Weblogs88
Giving News a Personal Spin: Weblogs88
Locating the Blogs: Key Resources93
Other Resources: Yesterday's News96
Using News Search Engines97
Setting Up News Updates and Newsletters100
Sports Newsletters and Alerts102
Newsletters and Breaking News at National and Local Newspaper Sites102
A Free Service Becomes Fee-Based While Two New Free Services Take Its Place103
Create Your Own News Portal104
A Journalist Talks About Web News105
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Richard Hanley, Quinnipiac University105
Conclusion115
Sample Annual Savings116
Chapter 3Ready or Not: Reference on the Web119
What Is a Reference Question?120
How Much Does It Cost to Answer Questions?121
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: William Katz, Librarian, Educator, Author122
Consensus on Ready Reference Sources124
The Top Reference Sources in Print and Online125
Frequently Used Reference Materials131
Top Sources and Free Web Information134
Case Study: Sparknotes, Cliff Notes, and Masterplots145
One-Stops for Ready Reference147
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Steven van Leeuwen, President, Bartleby.com148
Notable Standalone Web Sites for Specific Subjects149
Great Web Reference Sites--Pick Two and Go with Them162
The Observations of a Top Web Reference Librarian163
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Patricia Memmott, User Services Coordinator, the Internet Public Library164
Conclusion168
Sample Annual Savings169
References170
Supplementary Information172
The "Alexa Toolbar"172
Chapter 4Reference Part II: Expert, AskA, and Digital Reference Services175
The Virtues of Web-Based Assistance176
The Problems with Web-Based Assistance176
Ask-an-Expert Sites: The Good News178
The Nonlibrary Resources179
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Doesn't Work?188
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Works?190
Finding the Answer: Other Possible Solutions191
The Library Answer Continuum: From "A" (synchronous) to Live Reference194
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Susan McGlamery, Coordinator of Reference Services, Metropolitan Cooperative Library System, Greater Los Angeles, California197
The World's Largest Library and Its Role in Virtual Q & A202
Are You Affiliated with a Leading Edge Library?204
The Library Difference205
Conclusion209
Sample Annual Savings209
Chapter 5Books in the Web Library211
How Much Time People Spend Reading211
How Much Money People Spend on Reading213
Traditional Books, Electronic Texts, and Electronic Books215
Online E-Text Collections: Cornerstone of Your Own Web Library218
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gregory Newby, Project Gutenberg221
Free E-Text Collections and Catalogs on the World Wide Web223
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Michael S. Hart, Founder, Project Gutenberg226
Other Extraordinary E-Text/E-Book Resources232
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: John Mark Ockerbloom, Founder, the Online Books Page235
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: David Moynihan, Creator, Blackmask Online239
Sites for Electronic Books242
Other Web Resources with Links to E-Text/E-Book Sites243
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Online Electronic Texts and Books244
Interesting Developments in Electronic Books250
Conclusion253
Sample Annual Savings255
Supplementary Information: E-Book/E-Text Web Site Annotated List256
Chapter 6When Image Is Everything261
Uses of Images from the Web261
Search Engines262
What's Wrong with This Picture?267
Copyright Refresher for Image Acquisition271
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Simon Kirwan, Professional Travel Photographer, The-Lightbox,.com276
Permit Me, S'il Vous Plait278
Types of Image Files281
Key Words284
Examples of Image-Rich Sites285
Image Services Requiring Payment288
How to "Grab" an Image from the Web290
Conclusion291
Sample Annual Savings291
Additional Reading for Individuals Considering Images for Personal or Commercial Use292
Chapter 7Pixels at an Exhibition293
Exhibitions in the Physical World294
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Raison d'Etre295
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Allegra Burnette, Creative Director of Digital Projects, the Museum of Modern Art295
Taking on the Devil's Advocate297
Sidebar: Behind the Scenes of MoMA's Online Exhibitions298
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Distinctions302
Uses of Online Exhibitions and Galleries306
Finding Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions315
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger, Smithsonian Institution Libraries321
On Your Own: Other Strategies for Locating Online Exhibitions328
A Little Nonsense Now and Then329
Taking Full Advantage of Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions329
Conclusion329
Sample Annual Savings330
Chapter 8Software Keys to the Web Library333
Basic Plug-Ins334
More Software for Books and Other Documents335
Multimedia Plug-Ins336
Toolbars--Coolbars339
The Alexa Toolbar340
The Wayback Machine343
Take Me Way Back!343
Disclaimers344
Popup Manager344
Two (Maybe Three?) Toolbars Are Better than One346
Privacy Concerns346
Alternative Solutions for Netscape Users347
Alexa Snapshot348
Your Personal Web Library Portal349
And While You're At It351
Conclusion352
Chapter 9Final Considerations353
What Have You Gained?353
It's Not Always About Money355
What May Never Be in the Web Library356
Stay Tuned357
Conclusion358
AppendixReferenced Web Sites361
About the Author385
About the Editor386
Index387

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