British Library - Extensive resources provided by the British Library including online catalogues of the Library's world renowned collection of over 150 million items acquired over the last 250 years, access to 20,000 popular journals, information on all the services offered by the UK's national library, professional researcher directory of resources, directory of goverment and other official resources, news and site highlights, comprehensive worldwide directory of important museums and art galleries, directory of newspaper, radio and television, and journals resources, subject guides search engine, support services and more.
British Library Newspaper Reading Room - The national archive collections in the United Kingdom of British and overseas newspapers. Its Newspaper Library Web Catalogue ncludes entries for over 52,000 newspaper and periodical titles from all over the world, dating from the 17th to the 21st century. Also, Newspaper History links, and special collections in popular culture, specialist news information resources, and newspaper libraries and facilities resources.
British Library Website - Provides reading room, bibliographic, document supply and information services, as well as exhibitions, publications and events.
Califa Library Group - A not for profit membership cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California. With over 220 members, including most of the public libraries, Califa is the largest library network in California. Califa's membership includes all sizes and types of libraries - academic, research, public, school, corporate, medical, law, and special.
Canadian Subject Headings (CSH) - CSH is a list of standard subject headings (in English) on Canadian topics, which complements Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and is compatible with LCSH in its underlying principles.
Catalogablog - Library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access and related topics.
CiteSeer - A scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness. Rather than creating just another digital library, CiteSeer provides algorithms, techniques, and software that can be used in other digital libraries.
Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries - Increased visits to libraries by law enforcement agents, including FBI agents and officers of state, county, and municipal police departments, are raising considerable concern among the public and the library community. These visits are not only a result of the increased surveillance and investigation prompted by the events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, but also as a result of law enforcement officers investigating computer crimes, including e-mail threats and possible violations of the laws addressing online obscenity and child pornography. These guidelines, developed to assist libraries and library staff in dealing with law enforcement inquiries, rely upon the American Library Association's:
D-Lib Magazine - A solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) - The DPLA Steering Committee is leading the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all.
EBSCOhost - Serves thousands of libraries and other institutions with premium content in every subject area. Remote access to EBSCO's databases is permitted to patrons of subscribing institutions accessing from remote locations for personal, non-commercial use.
Emerald - Emerald is a long established publisher with over 200 titles in the fields of management, information science and engineering.
Establishing a Virtual Reference Service with Little Cost or Technical Skill - With today's real-time communication tools, librarians can establish a virtual reference service with relatively little expense or technical expertise. This article demonstrates how by exploring the pros and cons of real-time communication; explaining how real-time communication works in a library setting; and introducing two free, easy-to-use applications for virtual reference.
European Library Web-exhibition - Features 300 pictures of the national libraries of Europe; it provides many fascinating building details and broad architectural examples of official monuments across Europe.
FDLP Desktop - Serves as a centralized resource for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), which disseminates U.S. Government information to the American public through libraries across the nation. Stay up-to-date with the latest innovations and progress of the Program and utilize various tools in order to enhance public services.
FirstSearch - Provides library users instant online access to over 80 databases, including: OCLC WorldCat, OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, OCLC NetFirst, OCLC ArticleFirst, OCLC PAIS International, OCLC ContentsFirst, OCLC PapersFirst, OCLC ProceedingsFirst, and OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals.
Handbook of Federal Librarianship - A project of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Education Working Group. Committee members are primarily a group of federal librarians with a few federal employees who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers. All chapters of the handbook have been revised and updated for this second edition, January 2004.
Handheld Librarian - Librarians sharing news, applications, and ideas of interest with others working with handheld computer technology.
HathiTrust - A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Information Today - The newspaper for users and producers of electronic information services, as well as other periodicals, books, directories, and online products for the library, information user, and professional.
Information Access Alliance - Over the past two decades, increased concentration in the publishing industry has been accompanied by significant escalation in the price of serials publications, eroding libraries' ability to provide users with the publications they need. Nowhere does this seem more troublesome than in the market for scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals and legal serial publications where pricing, as well as marketing practices for electronic publications, threatens library budgets and ultimately the widespread availability of important writings to the public. The Information Access Alliance believes that a new standard of antitrust review should be adopted by state and federal antitrust enforcement agencies in examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry.
Information Research - Publishes both refereed papers and working papers in the fields of information science, information management, information systems, information policy and librarianship.
Informed Librarian, The - A monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 225 valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters.
Ingram Library Service - As one of the world's largest distributors of books and audiobooks Ingram maintains distribution centers strategically located across the United States. Specializes in serving libraries.
Internet Public Library (IPL) - Provides library services to Internet users. Activities include: finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources; and direct assistance to individuals.
ISBNdb - A database of books in different languages providing on-line and remote research tools for individuals, librarians, scientists, etc., taking data from hundreds of libraries across the world.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL) - Serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, and to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries.
lib-web-cats - A directory of libraries worldwide and online catalogs on the Web.
LibDex - A a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links compiled and edited by Peter Scott. Browse over 12,600 libraries.
Libraries & the USA Patriot Act - Provides resources to familiarize you with the provisions of the USA Patriot Act relevant to libraries, explaining how this post-September 11th legislation has affected the right to privacy in libraries. It also provides resources for library and information professionals to assist them in responding to requests from law enforcement.
Library Anecdotes, Facetiae, Satire, Etc. - For those of you who are younger librarians, or perhaps just non-catalogers: "Anecdotes, facetiae, satire, etc." was a standard subdivision for Library of Congress subject headings. Alas, they've since replaced it with subheadings like "Humor."
Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)- Content and resources found on this site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works. LCA members include the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Library Freedom Project - By teaching librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance, works to create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and local communities they serve. Also see Tor Project.
Library Issues - Highlights key issues in academic librarianship. Its intended audience is faculty and academic administrators and librarians who work with them.
Library Juice - A blog for librarians, and library and information science students on the intersection of libraries, politics, and culture.
Library Link of the Day - A daily link for keeping up to date with the library profession. Destinations include the latest library news, good reads on the web, and other valuable resources that a library knowledge worker should know about.
Library of Congress Online Catalog - Contains approximately 12 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials. The Catalog also displays searching aids for users, such as cross-references and scope notes.
Library Terms that Users Understand - The purpose of this site is to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices.
LibrarySpot - Find top dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, genealogy tools, and more in one user-friendly spot.
LibWeb - Lists over 8000 pages from libraries in over 146 countries.
Libraries Network - A consortium of research libraries, library organizations, and open data communities with a shared interest in saving, preserving, and making accessible born-digital federal government information upon which researchers, citizens, and communities rely.
Library Stuff - A library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development.
Library Technology Guides - Comprehensive and objective information related to the field of library automation. Search the collection. Citations are included for books, book chapters, and articles relevant to the discipline. Comprehensive indexing is currently available for the Journal of Library Automation (1968 - 1981), Information Technology and Libraries (1982 - present), Library Systems Newsletter (1981 - present). Selected indexing is available for Library Software Review (1990-1998), D-Lib Magizine, and Computers in Libraries. Some, but not all citations have abstracts and links to full text are provided when available.
LISNews - A collaborative weblog devoted to current events and news in the world of library and information science.
LJ Digital - Electronic offshoot of Library Journal, the oldest independent national library publication. This "bible" of the library world is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and others in public, academic, and special (e.g., business) libraries.
Media Resources Center (MRC) - UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. The collection includes dramatic performances; literary adaptations; speeches; lectures and events; primary source recordings, such as historic TV commercials and newsreels; and documentaries, including one of the strongest collections of works by independent film and video makers in the U.S.
Memory of the World - The vision of the Memory of the World is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance. Legislative and other limitations on the accessibility of archives are recognised. Cultural sensitivities, including indigeneous communities' custodianship of their materials, and their guardianship of access is honoured.
Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN) - Represents United States military education libraries, United States Department of Defense Regional Center libraries and their international counterpart libraries in a comprehensive website devoted to international military education outreach. Digital collections of full text lectures, papers, legislation. Links to worldwide military library online catalogs in multiple languages. Access (password controlled) to full text ejournals, documents and reference sources.
National Library of Medicine Training Center - Training on PubMed and other topics in courses specifically designed for health sciences librarians and information specialists is available at the National Library of Medicine and at numerous sites throughout the U.S.A.
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, UK) - An online catalogue of high quality maritime related Internet resources. Every resource has been selected and described by a librarian or subject specialist. Services and materials developed by the Museum's Centre for Maritime Research are also available on this site.
Novanet - A Canadian consortium of academic libraries which cooperate to enhance access to information and knowledge for the benefit of their user communities.
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) - A nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.
Open Library - An open project seeking to produce one web page for every book ever published.
Phil Bradley's Website - For librarians and people interested in search engines, searching the net, design issues and general whitterings and rants.
Portal: Libraries and the Academy - A journal that presents research findings and provides regular coverage of issues in technology, publishing, and periodicals, portal is written by librarians for librarians. Peer-reviewed articles address subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy.
Prelinger Library - An appropriation-friendly, browsable collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals, printed ephemera and government documents.The library, located at 301 8th Street, Room 215 in San Francisco, serves readers, artists, scholars and other iconoclastic thinkers. Centered on histories of U.S. regions, culture, industry, landscape, natural history, media, and politics (and other things). Open to the public. Also see Prelinger Library Blog.
Presidential Libraries - An overview of the Presidential Libraries system and information on and links to U.S. presidential libraries around the country. Jump directly to any of the following presidential libraries:
Public Library Online - An online access subscription service offering themed digital bookshelves from a range of publishers. Use of the Public Library Online is based on your local council authority/library being a subscribed member of the Public Library Online.
Researching Librarian, The - Intended as a supplement to the print and electronic resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.
Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum (SERIALST) - An an informal electronic forum for most aspects of serials processing in libraries. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to): cataloging, acquisitions, collection management, serials budgets and pricing concerns, binding, preservation, microfilm and other non print serials media, union list activities, announcements, news, and job postings that are of interest to the serials community.
Shifted Librarian, The - Weblog covering how the change from pursuing information to receiving information is and will be affecting libraries.
SirsiDynix - Delivers software and services for libraries.
Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) - SRRT is a unit within the American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today.
TeleRead - News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
UC Berkeley Interlibrary Lending Photoduplication Service - Provides access through photoreproduction to the material in the Libraries of the University of California at Berkeley. We supply a variety of services from photocopies of journal articles to technical photographic work including glossy and matte prints, negatives, slides, photostats, microfiche, and microfilm.
UK Public Libraries - Comprehensive and up to date picture of public library internet activity in the United Kingdom.
U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian - A newsletter by and for library staff. Practical hints, reports from the field, and do-it-yourself projects.
UNESCO Libraries Portal - The UNESCO Library Portal provides links to websites of libraries and information centres around the world and will serve as an interactive point for browsing and searching a range of categories including websites of national libraries, government information services, library associations and on-line resources
Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) - A joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The aim is to link national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, and refers to the original authority records. The data are made available online and are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Also see VIAF At a Glance.
Virtual Reference Library - Designed by the Toronto Public Library, the largest public library system in Canada, to deliver reference and information services through the use of advanced information and telecommunications technologies.
Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) - A regional resource-sharing organization established by seven universities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to expand and enhance the information resources available to their students and faculty.
WebJunction - An online community of libraries and other agencies sharing knowledge and experience to provide broad public access to information technology.
Webrary Links Menu - Links to useful reference and informational web sites organized by subject according to Dewey Decimal System call numbers.
Wise Guide - A monthly Web magazine of historical highlights and facts from the Library of Congress.
WorldCat - Connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Search for popular books, music CDs and videos-all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
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