Using the World Wide Web and Creating Home Pages: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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Anxious to get your staff and patrons using the Web or to create your library's home page? Junion-Metz, author of School Library Journal's popular "Surf For" column, and Metz, Director of Information Resources at Bucknell University, have created Using the World Wide Web and Creating Home Pages to give you all the information you need to browse the Web, integrate it into your library services, and build an attractive and functional home page for your library or department. Using accessible language and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, the manual covers hardware and software requirements; choosing and using a Web browser; and training library staff and patrons to use the Web. The guide also shows how to use the Web to: expand sources available at the reference desk; find the best resources for children; bring in multimedia resources; archive information; assist with library operations and services. Special sections on creating HTML documents and designing a home page for your library or department complete this groundbreaking resource.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The authors, an academic library administrator and an Internet trainer, provide a clear, virtually jargon-free guide to developing a library web site. Topics covered include planning for Internet web access, hardware and software requirements, choosing a web browser, and training staff and patrons. A brief but helpful introduction to HTML will help you design and implement a library homepage. Also included are a glossary and an extensive bibliography of print and electronic resources. Especially useful are the chapters on issues to consider before providing web access and an outline of concepts to include in training sessions for staff and patrons, arranged by level of expertise. Tailored for a library setting, this guide would be of particular interest to library administrators, as it offers a broad view of web development within the organizational structure of a library and addresses planning, budgeting, and staffing issues throughout. Anyone interested in the web, however, would find the book useful. Highly recommended as both a general overview and a handy reference.Janet Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland
School Library Journal
Like other titles in Neal-Schuman's "How-To-Do-It" series, this book presents a basic, well-organized approach to understanding the Web and creating home pages. It defines Web vocabulary, explains in simple language the technology involved in accessing the Web and creating a Web site, discusses the issues involved in creating a training program, and, perhaps most important, develops a planning process for designing and implementing your own site. What you won't find is a discussion of the relative merits of different search engines and basic Web searching strategies. But this plain-language approach supplies even the Web initiate with enough of the details of Webspeak to converse and negotiate with the highest-level techie. Though the authors say their research was field-tested in all types of libraries, the book definitely has a public/university library feel. There is no discussion of the Web or home page development as a K-12 instructional tool. On the other hand, it includes a wonderfully comprehensive bibliography of print and Net resources, along with an appendix of sample Web pages.-Judith A. Jerome, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES School Library System, Syracuse, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555702410
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: How-To-Do-It Manuals for Librarians Series, #67
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 In The Beginning - Web Basics 1
2 Think Big - Look At The Issues for Libraries 39
3 Going Online - Getting An Internet Connection 49
4 Once You're Connected - Learning and Teaching the Web 63
5 Take Time To Think It Through - Planning Your Web Site 83
6 Looks Are Important - Designing Your Web Site 97
7 Getting Down To It - Authoring Your Web Site 129
8 Quality Control - Testing, Maintaining and Updating Your Web Site 161
9 Letting the World Know - Publicizing Your Web Site 179
10 User-Friendly Web Definitions 187
11 Learn More About It - A Bibliography of Print and Net Resources 199
Appendix Sample Web Pages 227
Index 263
Colophon 269
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