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Creating a virtual library : a how-to-do-it manual
Stielow, Frederick J., 1946-
Publication Information:
New York : Neal-Schuman, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 184 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Z674.75.W67 C73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Virtual libraries offer a single interface from which users can find out about (and even tour) the library, examine its catalogue, go to online databases, enter an interactive children's room, find out about special collections or community services and explore the rest of the Web.

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Library Journal Review

Aimed primarily at library and archival managers, this book explores the process of creating a library web site, from project management and policymaking through designing, selecting content, and mounting, maintaining, and enhancing the site. Written and edited by Stielow, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, NY, and his staff, the manual is designed "to enable other libraries and archives to take control of their own Web site expansion." Sadly, it does not succeed, primarily due to poor treatment of technical issues. While a book aimed at managers need not read like a technical manual, it should include accurate descriptions of technical topics in plain English, accompanied by concrete examples. Here, technical topics are glossed over with descriptions too general, buzzword-laden, or inaccurate to be useful. Some important issues are omitted entirelyÄe.g., the effect of site design on accessibility for disabled users. Sections on planning and managing site development are useful, and descriptions of Mid-Hudson's experiences are helpful and well placed. However, managers seeking a plain-English overview of web site development for libraries would be better served by Ray Metz and Gail Junion-Metz's Using the World Wide Web and Creating Home Pages (Professional Media, LJ 9/15/96), even though it is somewhat dated.ÄJanet Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. v
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Lessons from the Pastp. 1
Chapter 1 Designing Virtual Libraries for Human Beingsp. 9
Chapter 2 Managing Virtual Library Projectsp. 23
Chapter 3 Developing Policies for the Virtual Libraryp. 37
Chapter 4 Visualizing the Virtual Libraryp. 53
Chapter 5 Building Virtual Library Suitesp. 69
Chapter 6 Selecting Virtual Resourcesp. 97
Chapter 7 Mounting the Virtual Library on the Webp. 107
Chapter 8 Maintaining the Virtual Libraryp. 129
Chapter 9 Enhancing the Virtual Libraryp. 147
Webliographyp. 171
Indexp. 179