There is another kind of public library... the Internet Public Library, which, if you haven't already checked out, you should do so immediately!
"The Internet Public Library (IPL) is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information and hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology [I am A Proud Drexel Alumnus]. We will engage in activities in the following areas:Publish
- Provide library services to Internet users. Activities include: finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources; and direct assistance to individuals.
- Use a learn-by-doing approach to train information professionals and students to work in an increasingly digital environment.
- Develop technology and best practices for providing library services via the Internet, including digital reference service and collection management.
- Conduct research aimed at improving our services and increasing the body of knowledge about digital libraries and librarianship.
- Promote our services. Share what we've learned with the professional community. Participate in efforts to create and promote relevant standards. Disseminate technology and practices to others. Develop relationships with organizations pursuing similar goals. Provide leadership in these activities.
- Develop a model and plan for long-term sustainability and growth for our organization and services.
We approach the above activities via the values and principles of the profession of librarianship.
Adopted April 12, 2001"The IPL functions mainly as a directory, arranging web sites and other web resources by subject area and after by age/grade level. One if the IPL's outstanding features is its collection of online newspapers from across the country and around the world.
Hop on over to the Internet Public Library and check it out!