Tuesday, March 15, 2005

11:00 - 12:00 noon

What I'm doing between questions: see below.

It's really slow today: computer signups and that's it.

So I'm going off the normal track to post about something we've just subscribed to and I've been knocking around with today. It's a collection of Internet reference links put together by a new company called Library Links.

They've provided a customized Internet links directory for us. The neat thing about this links collection is they have designed it so the links directory site will seamlessly fit with our existing website. In other words, it will look as if the directory is a proprietary part of our site. We get to specify how the directory looks (i.e. background, font type/color, header, etc...).

The links have been chosen, updated, and are continuously (continually?) checked by seasoned, current reference staff. They are useful to typical public library patrons along with us librarians.

The really cool part is that the whole thing is searchable, but doesn't bring back junky hits like Google does. It also has a 'Featured Links' section which highlights interesting sites every week.

PLUS (this is the good part), they only charge $200/yr for the service! And you can try it out for 60 days for free.

I'm going to temporarily link to a library that uses it so you can play around with it.

Can you tell I used it a lot today??

OK, back to looking up passwords...

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