MARS Public Libraries Committee
INTERNET TRAINING AND LEARNING: A GUIDE TO WEB RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIANS
The following annotated list of Web sites is intended to provide public librarians with a guide to some of the best electronic resources available for learning about the Internet as well as for training both library staff and customers. These resources include training and tutorial sites, sites useful to librarians involved in developing their own Web resources, guides to evaluating the quality of Internet information, and Internet glossaries.
The Public Libraries Committee reviews this list twice a year. Links are checked regularly and updated as needed.
Training and self-directed tutorial sites (beginner to advanced):
Title: Finding Information On The Internet: A Tutorial
This site will be useful to the experienced searcher. Constantly under revision to keep it current, the site includes sections on search strategies and evaluating web pages. T here is a chart of the characteristics of major search and metasearch engines and subject directories. A glossary of Internet and Netscape jargon is also included, as is a section on style sheets for citing electronic resources.
A self guided tour of how to search on the web. There is an explanation of search engines and directories, a guide to evaluating sites and a section on identifying error messages and other problems. A glossary is also included.
Title: Internet 101: An Official Internet Starting Point
This resource is designed for the novice user. It contains easy to understand explanations of the basics-from the history of the Internet and the Web to e-commerce and file sharing. In addition there are explanations on how to chat, email and surf, and there are links to sites which provide filtering software.
Title: Internet Tutorials--University at Albany Libraries
Uncluttered and well organized, this award-winning site offers a collection of tutorials in several subject categories. The section on choosing a search engine includes an up-to-date comparison chart and a helpful quick reference guide to search engine syntax. There are also tutorials on IE, Netscape and Lynx.
Title: Learn the Net: An Internet Guide and Tutorial
This site describes itself as a free educational service. As such it offers online tutorials from "Mastering the Basics" to "Build a Web Site." Non-profit organizations may reproduce and distribute up to 50 copies of no more than five articles free of charge.
Ohio State University Libraries sponsors this page. As a result, this site is geared toward the needs of undergraduate education. This is a useful resource for other audiences because of its well-written and comprehensive style. Topics covered are in four broad categories: Tools, Research Techniques, Search Skills, and Special Topics.
Title: Tutorial: Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet
This is VisualMetrics Corporation's tutorial on the nuances of Internet searching. Divided into many topics, it starts with the basics and shows how to use the many options available in search engines to successfully refine a search.
Title: Walt Howe's Internet Learning Center
As its title indicates, The Internet Learning Center is Walt Howe’s effort to provide a place to learn about the Web and the Internet and resources for both learners and trainers. Howe describes himself as a frequent speaker, conference organizer and Internet trainer. Idiosyncratic, as one would expect a personal site to be, this is a good basic resource. It was updated April 2001.
Title: webTeacher Tutorial
Organized with the K-12 classroom teacher in mind this self- paced resource offers a range of tutorials from basic to very complex. Newly added are six Professional Development Training Modules. The site bears no copyright date (e.g. only Alta Vista is given as an example of a search engine; Google is not mentioned).
Especially for young Internet users:
Title: Boston Public Library's Kids' Page: About The Internet
Aimed toward youngsters, this page covers the basics in a clear and imaginative manner ("Do Spiders Really Live on the Web?"). The site offers an excellent starting point for the uninitiated and for those who need a break from all the technical jargon.
Web design and development:
Title: HTML with Style/WebReference.com
HTML with Style is a site designed in conjunction with Webreference.com to appeal to both beginners and experienced web designers. Its features include a new tutorial each week to keep track of new technologies; a "Style Watch" section to keep abreast of industry trends; and links to many of the most popular free authoring tools. In addition, there is a large archive of tutorials useful for users at all skill levels.
Title: Search Engine Tutorial for Web Designers
This site provides specific information on how to design a Web site to make it "search engine friendly." The site is organized into sections, beginning with general information such as a definition of terms, and continuing on to examine the unique requirements for each search engine. Also included are design notes and tools that webmasters can utilize to help "tweak" their Web pages.
Title: WebMonkey: A How-to Guide for Web Developers
WebMonkey provides a wealth of information on a variety of Web-related topics. The core of the site is a series of tutorials that will help both "newbies" and seasoned developers advance their skills. These are organized around some basic subject areas which make finding information a snap. To further aid searching, the site includes an internal search engine. A reference section with links to a glossary and a code library are also available.
Title: WWW Development Resources
This site is published and maintained by the HTML Writers Guild as a resource collection. It includes HTML information pertaining to business, design, and leading technologies. In addition, it has a collection of links to online journals and publications which focus on HTML development. For members of the Guild, the site offers links to online classes on a variety of HTML related topics.
Evaluation of web information:
Title: ICYouSee: T Is For Thinking
Part of the larger ICYouSee web tutorial site from the Ithaca College Library, this page encourages critical thinking about using the Web as a research tool. The page makes good use of hyperlinks to illustrate points and includes a pop quiz, a homework assignment, and a list of additional resources on the Web. The material is also available as a series of "presentation format" Web pages.
Title: Internet Detective
This in-depth interactive tutorial has been developed by the DESIRE Project for the academic research community in the European Union. Illustrative examples and quizzes (using screen shots rather than live Web sites) are included. The site is free, but requires registration.
Title: net.TUTOR: Evaluation of Web Sites
This self-directed tutorial from the Ohio State University Libraries' net.TUTOR site is designed to help students learn techniques for judging the value of Web sites for research purposes. Among the topics covered are: site purpose, authority, coverage, currency, and external recognition. Suggested activities and quick quizzes are included.
Title: Selection Criteria: How To Tell If You Are Looking At A Great Web Site
The Children and Technology Committee of ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) offers this page outlining their criteria for selecting the resources on their "700+ Great Sites" list. Criteria are grouped under headings of authorship/sponsorship, purpose, design and stability, and content.
Searchable alphabetically and by keyword, NetLingo provides concise definitions of a wide range of Internet-related terms, including acronyms and emoticons.
Title: Online Computing Dictionary
This is a keyword searchable dictionary of computing-related terms. Entries have cross references and links to OneLook and Google. Words can be translated into five languages
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Date created: 6/10/00
Last updated: 10/01/01
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