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The amazing Internet challenge : how leading projects use library skills to organize the Web
Wells, Amy Tracy.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 1999.
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xii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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ZA4080 .W45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Every day 50,000 new pages hit the Net - from the scholarly to the frivolous. If large commercial indexes fall short in meeting the needs of your users, then this text may help. It offers details on how leading international projects use library skills to organize Internet resources.

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Booklist Review

Wells and her colleagues selected eight U.S. and four British projects for organizing information on the World Wide Web as representative ways of successfully taming the often-chaotic Web. Including both specially focused and general sites, the projects were chosen because all "serve as strategic examples of the possibilities inherent in online information" and might be taken as models for future projects. For each site, similar information is furnished, including those responsible for the site and the site's mission statement, funding sources, classification system, selection criteria, and more. Especially noteworthy are sections describing site strengths and weaknesses and site goals.

Choice Review

Wells, Calcari, and Koplow analyze a dozen Internet sites, primarily academic-oriented search engines, with an eye to describing how library skills are applied in selecting, evaluating, and organizing information in each. The sites are Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC) , Argus Clearinghouse , Blue Web'n , BUBL Information Service , Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVIL) , infomine , Internet Public Library (IPL) , Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) , Mathematics Archives , Organising Medical Networked Information (OMNI) , Scout Report Signpost , and Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG) . Each site is described in its own chapter, divided into brief discussions or descriptions of the site's mission, creators, funding, audiences, collections, strengths and weaknesses, goals, and outlook. Each chapter concludes with a brief bibliography, and the book ends with a list of pertinent URLs. Principally useful for those seeking guidance on the strategies and pitfalls of developing large selective Web sites. S. Clerc; Southern Connecticut State University