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Title:
The Web library : building a world class personal library with free Web resources
Author:
Tomaiuolo, Nicholas G., 1955-
Publication Information:
Medford, N.J. : Information Today, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxiii, 408 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Free articles and indexes : can you afford not to use them? -- All the news that fits and a few gigs more -- Ready or not : reference on the Web -- Reference part II : expert, aska, and digital reference services -- Books in the Web library -- When image is everything : uses of images from the Web -- On (your) display : special collections and online exhibitions -- Software keys to the Web library -- Final considerations.
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ISBN:
9780910965675
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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Nicholas Tomaiuolo is the associate librarian at the Elihu Burritt Library at Central Connecticut State University. He lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut.


Table of Contents

Steve Coffman
Figuresp. xiii
Tablesp. xvi
About the Web Pagep. xvii
Forewordp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Free Articles and Indexes: Can You Afford Not to Use Them?p. 9
Why It Pays to Listen to Motherp. 11
An Illustrative Comparisonp. 16
More for Freep. 19
Selected Collections of Digitized Journalsp. 22
Pointers to Online Collectionsp. 23
A Word to the Wise (Librarian)p. 24
Online Magazines: A Close Readp. 24
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Paul Katcher, Time.comp. 25
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Katie Bacon, the Atlantic Unboundp. 28
MagPortal.com: An Aggregator at Your Servicep. 33
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Bill Dimm, MagPortalp. 34
Other Aggregators and Portals for Online Magazines and Journalsp. 39
Just Help Me Find It!p. 42
Other Free Indexes to Help You Locate Periodical Articlesp. 45
Staying Alert Without Caffeine, Exercise, or Meditationp. 49
Great Things Aheadp. 58
Use Your Library Cardp. 59
Conclusionp. 61
Sample Annual Savingsp. 61
Chapter 2 All the News that Fits and a Few Gigs Morep. 63
Here's the Scoop on Newspaper Readingp. 64
Typical Newspaper Expenditures by Libraries and Information Professionalsp. 68
Free Model Is an International Modelp. 70
What's Online?p. 71
Wait--There's Morep. 74
Behind the Scenes at a Newspaper Web Sitep. 78
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gary Duchane, Hartford Courantp. 79
Broadcast Journalism News Sitesp. 84
Alternate Approaches: Of Ananova and Weblogsp. 88
Giving News a Personal Spin: Weblogsp. 88
Locating the Blogs: Key Resourcesp. 93
Other Resources: Yesterday's Newsp. 96
Using News Search Enginesp. 97
Setting Up News Updates and Newslettersp. 100
Sports Newsletters and Alertsp. 102
Newsletters and Breaking News at National and Local Newspaper Sitesp. 102
A Free Service Becomes Fee-Based While Two New Free Services Take Its Placep. 103
Create Your Own News Portalp. 104
A Journalist Talks About Web Newsp. 105
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Richard Hanley, Quinnipiac Universityp. 105
Conclusionp. 115
Sample Annual Savingsp. 116
Chapter 3 Ready or Not: Reference on the Webp. 119
What Is a Reference Question?p. 120
How Much Does It Cost to Answer Questions?p. 121
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: William Katz, Librarian, Educator, Authorp. 122
Consensus on Ready Reference Sourcesp. 124
The Top Reference Sources in Print and Onlinep. 125
Frequently Used Reference Materialsp. 131
Top Sources and Free Web Informationp. 134
Case Study: Sparknotes, Cliff Notes, and Masterplotsp. 145
One-Stops for Ready Referencep. 147
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Steven van Leeuwen, President, Bartleby.comp. 148
Notable Standalone Web Sites for Specific Subjectsp. 149
Great Web Reference Sites--Pick Two and Go with Themp. 162
The Observations of a Top Web Reference Librarianp. 163
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Patricia Memmott, User Services Coordinator, the Internet Public Libraryp. 164
Conclusionp. 168
Sample Annual Savingsp. 169
Referencesp. 170
Supplementary Informationp. 172
The "Alexa Toolbar"p. 172
Chapter 4 Reference Part II: Expert, AskA, and Digital Reference Servicesp. 175
The Virtues of Web-Based Assistancep. 176
The Problems with Web-Based Assistancep. 176
Ask-an-Expert Sites: The Good Newsp. 178
The Nonlibrary Resourcesp. 179
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Doesn't Work?p. 188
What Happens When Web-Based Assistance Works?p. 190
Finding the Answer: Other Possible Solutionsp. 191
The Library Answer Continuum: From "A" (synchronous) to Live Referencep. 194
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Susan McGlamery, Coordinator of Reference Services, Metropolitan Cooperative Library System, Greater Los Angeles, Californiap. 197
The World's Largest Library and Its Role in Virtual Q & Ap. 202
Are You Affiliated with a Leading Edge Library?p. 204
The Library Differencep. 205
Conclusionp. 209
Sample Annual Savingsp. 209
Chapter 5 Books in the Web Libraryp. 211
How Much Time People Spend Readingp. 211
How Much Money People Spend on Readingp. 213
Traditional Books, Electronic Texts, and Electronic Booksp. 215
Online E-Text Collections: Cornerstone of Your Own Web Libraryp. 218
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Gregory Newby, Project Gutenbergp. 221
Free E-Text Collections and Catalogs on the World Wide Webp. 223
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Michael S. Hart, Founder, Project Gutenbergp. 226
Other Extraordinary E-Text/E-Book Resourcesp. 232
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: John Mark Ockerbloom, Founder, the Online Books Pagep. 235
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: David Moynihan, Creator, Blackmask Onlinep. 239
Sites for Electronic Booksp. 242
Other Web Resources with Links to E-Text/E-Book Sitesp. 243
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Online Electronic Texts and Booksp. 244
Interesting Developments in Electronic Booksp. 250
Conclusionp. 253
Sample Annual Savingsp. 255
Supplementary Information: E-Book/E-Text Web Site Annotated Listp. 256
Chapter 6 When Image Is Everythingp. 261
Uses of Images from the Webp. 261
Search Enginesp. 262
What's Wrong with This Picture?p. 267
Copyright Refresher for Image Acquisitionp. 271
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Simon Kirwan, Professional Travel Photographer, The-Lightbox,.comp. 276
Permit Me, S'il Vous Plaitp. 278
Types of Image Filesp. 281
Key Wordsp. 284
Examples of Image-Rich Sitesp. 285
Image Services Requiring Paymentp. 288
How to "Grab" an Image from the Webp. 290
Conclusionp. 291
Sample Annual Savingsp. 291
Additional Reading for Individuals Considering Images for Personal or Commercial Usep. 292
Chapter 7 Pixels at an Exhibitionp. 293
Exhibitions in the Physical Worldp. 294
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Raison d'Etrep. 295
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Allegra Burnette, Creative Director of Digital Projects, the Museum of Modern Artp. 295
Taking on the Devil's Advocatep. 297
Sidebar: Behind the Scenes of MoMA's Online Exhibitionsp. 298
Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitions: The Distinctionsp. 302
Uses of Online Exhibitions and Galleriesp. 306
Finding Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitionsp. 315
Sidebar: Insider's Viewpoint from Your Web Library Professional: Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger, Smithsonian Institution Librariesp. 321
On Your Own: Other Strategies for Locating Online Exhibitionsp. 328
A Little Nonsense Now and Thenp. 329
Taking Full Advantage of Online Collections, Galleries, and Exhibitionsp. 329
Conclusionp. 329
Sample Annual Savingsp. 330
Chapter 8 Software Keys to the Web Libraryp. 333
Basic Plug-Insp. 334
More Software for Books and Other Documentsp. 335
Multimedia Plug-Insp. 336
Toolbars--Coolbarsp. 339
The Alexa Toolbarp. 340
The Wayback Machinep. 343
Take Me Way Back!p. 343
Disclaimersp. 344
Popup Managerp. 344
Two (Maybe Three?) Toolbars Are Better than Onep. 346
Privacy Concernsp. 346
Alternative Solutions for Netscape Usersp. 347
Alexa Snapshotp. 348
Your Personal Web Library Portalp. 349
And While You're At Itp. 351
Conclusionp. 352
Chapter 9 Final Considerationsp. 353
What Have You Gained?p. 353
It's Not Always About Moneyp. 355
What May Never Be in the Web Libraryp. 356
Stay Tunedp. 357
Conclusionp. 358
Appendix Referenced Web Sitesp. 361
About the Authorp. 385
About the Editorp. 386
Indexp. 387