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

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Overview

About the Author:
B>Nicholas Tomaiuolo is the associate librarian at the Elihu Burritt Library at Central Connecticut State University. He is a frequent contributor to professional publications in librarianship and information science with a special interest in end-user database and web searching.
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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

Figures xiii
Tables xvi
About the Web Page xvii
Foreword xix
Acknowledgments xxiii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Free Articles and Indexes: Can You Afford Not to Use Them? 9
Why It Pays to Listen to Mother 11
An Illustrative Comparison 16
More for Free 19
Selected Collections of Digitized Journals 22
Pointers to Online Collections 23
A Word to the Wise (Librarian) 24
Online Magazines: A Close Read 24
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Paul Katcher, Time.com 25
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Katie Bacon, the Atlantic Unbound 28
MagPortal.com: An Aggregator at Your Service 33
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Bill Dimm, MagPortal 34
Other Aggregators and Portals for Online Magazines and Journals 39
Just Help Me Find It! 42
Other Free Indexes to Help You Locate Periodical Articles 45
Staying Alert Without Caffeine, Exercise, or Meditation 49
Great Things Ahead 58
Use Your Library Card 59
Conclusion 61
Sample Annual Savings 61
Chapter 2 All the News that Fits and a Few Gigs More 63
Here's the Scoop on Newspaper Reading 64
Typical Newspaper Expenditures by Libraries and Information Professionals 68
Free Model Is an International Model 70
What's Online? 71
Wait--There's More 74
Behind the Scenes at a Newspaper Web Site 78
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gary Duchane, Hartford Courant 79
Broadcast Journalism News Sites 84
Alternate Approaches: Of Ananova and Weblogs 88
Giving News a Personal Spin: Weblogs 88
Locating the Blogs: Key Resources 93
Other Resources: Yesterday's News 96
Using News Search Engines 97
Setting Up News Updates and Newsletters 100
Sports Newsletters and Alerts 102
Newsletters and Breaking News at National and Local Newspaper Sites 102
A Free Service Becomes Fee-Based While Two New Free Services Take Its Place 103
Create Your Own News Portal 104
A Journalist Talks About Web News 105
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Richard Hanley, Quinnipiac University 105
Conclusion 115
Sample Annual Savings 116
Chapter 3 Ready or Not: Reference on the Web 119
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, Author 122
Consensus on Ready Reference Sources 124
The Top Reference Sources in Print and Online 125
Frequently Used Reference Materials 131
Top Sources and Free Web Information 134
Case Study: Sparknotes, Cliff Notes, and Masterplots 145
One-Stops for Ready Reference 147
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Steven van Leeuwen, President, Bartleby.com 148
Notable Standalone Web Sites for Specific Subjects 149
Great Web Reference Sites--Pick Two and Go with Them 162
The Observations of a Top Web Reference Librarian 163
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Patricia Memmott, User Services Coordinator, the Internet Public Library 164
Conclusion 168
Sample Annual Savings 169
References 170
Supplementary Information 172
The "Alexa Toolbar" 172
Chapter 4 Reference Part II: Expert, AskA, and Digital Reference Services 175
The Virtues of Web-Based Assistance 176
The Problems with Web-Based Assistance 176
Ask-an-Expert Sites: The Good News 178
The Nonlibrary Resources 179
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Doesn't Work? 188
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Works? 190
Finding the Answer: Other Possible Solutions 191
The Library Answer Continuum: From "A" (synchronous) to Live Reference 194
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Susan McGlamery, Coordinator of Reference Services, Metropolitan Cooperative Library System, Greater Los Angeles, California 197
The World's Largest Library and Its Role in Virtual Q & A 202
Are You Affiliated with a Leading Edge Library? 204
The Library Difference 205
Conclusion 209
Sample Annual Savings 209
Chapter 5 Books in the Web Library 211
How Much Time People Spend Reading 211
How Much Money People Spend on Reading 213
Traditional Books, Electronic Texts, and Electronic Books 215
Online E-Text Collections: Cornerstone of Your Own Web Library 218
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gregory Newby, Project Gutenberg 221
Free E-Text Collections and Catalogs on the World Wide Web 223
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Michael S. Hart, Founder, Project Gutenberg 226
Other Extraordinary E-Text/E-Book Resources 232
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: John Mark Ockerbloom, Founder, the Online Books Page 235
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: David Moynihan, Creator, Blackmask Online 239
Sites for Electronic Books 242
Other Web Resources with Links to E-Text/E-Book Sites 243
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Online Electronic Texts and Books 244
Interesting Developments in Electronic Books 250
Conclusion 253
Sample Annual Savings 255
Supplementary Information: E-Book/E-Text Web Site Annotated List 256
Chapter 6 When Image Is Everything 261
Uses of Images from the Web 261
Search Engines 262
What's Wrong with This Picture? 267
Copyright Refresher for Image Acquisition 271
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Simon Kirwan, Professional Travel Photographer, The-Lightbox,.com 276
Permit Me, S'il Vous Plait 278
Types of Image Files 281
Key Words 284
Examples of Image-Rich Sites 285
Image Services Requiring Payment 288
How to "Grab" an Image from the Web 290
Conclusion 291
Sample Annual Savings 291
Additional Reading for Individuals Considering Images for Personal or Commercial Use 292
Chapter 7 Pixels at an Exhibition 293
Exhibitions in the Physical World 294
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Raison d'Etre 295
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Allegra Burnette, Creative Director of Digital Projects, the Museum of Modern Art 295
Taking on the Devil's Advocate 297
Sidebar: Behind the Scenes of MoMA's Online Exhibitions 298
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Distinctions 302
Uses of Online Exhibitions and Galleries 306
Finding Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions 315
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger, Smithsonian Institution Libraries 321
On Your Own: Other Strategies for Locating Online Exhibitions 328
A Little Nonsense Now and Then 329
Taking Full Advantage of Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions 329
Conclusion 329
Sample Annual Savings 330
Chapter 8 Software Keys to the Web Library 333
Basic Plug-Ins 334
More Software for Books and Other Documents 335
Multimedia Plug-Ins 336
Toolbars--Coolbars 339
The Alexa Toolbar 340
The Wayback Machine 343
Take Me Way Back! 343
Disclaimers 344
Popup Manager 344
Two (Maybe Three?) Toolbars Are Better than One 346
Privacy Concerns 346
Alternative Solutions for Netscape Users 347
Alexa Snapshot 348
Your Personal Web Library Portal 349
And While You're At It 351
Conclusion 352
Chapter 9 Final Considerations 353
What Have You Gained? 353
It's Not Always About Money 355
What May Never Be in the Web Library 356
Stay Tuned 357
Conclusion 358
Appendix Referenced Web Sites 361
About the Author 385
About the Editor 386
Index 387
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    have to agree!

    This one rocks! Never seen the web so well broken down & organized before. Nicholas T's new book sets the standard by which future web guides have to live up to (if they dare). If you do any web searching at all, you MUST buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    can't always work it

    I know that I don't know the web all that well. There is a lot of info here, so if you can surf it all good luck. It's well organized & pretty good and clear. Just a whole lot of stuff in there. I guess maybe i should get away fro Yahoo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Best of the Best!!!

    What can I say? Dr.Tomaiuolo has written the definitive guide to searching the web. Buy his book & get the link to his fabulous web page which continuously updates the printed material therein. So,you will NEVER be out of date! Watch out Mr. Gore. You may have invented the internet, but Nicholas T. has just organized the whole dang thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

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

    I saw the author speak at a conference. His talk was related to this book, and many of his comments about open access to journals, books, blogging and news made sense. The book takes over where the talk left off. Lots of detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

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

    I'm always online and I'm always exploring new sites. Believe it or not, I knew about some of the free websites the author talks about, but certainly not all of them. There's more to this book than that. A dry sense of humor comes through, plus there are a few interviews with some people that run web sites that helped me understand why some of the information on the Internet is free and some isn't.

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