Web Links: Library Development & Services


The American Library Association: Grants and Scholarships Lists information on numerous opportunities for study or research through sponsorship of the ALA and its partners.  The application year begins October 1 with all deadlines by March 1.

Educational CyberPlayground  A commercial site full of information for teachers and librarians.  Sections include: Technology, Teachers, Internet, Linguistics, Arts, Music, and Literacy.  The advertising does not seem to be in the way.

Gale Group free resources for libraries : a variety of free marketing and advertising resources supporting libraries, literacy and reading. (expect advertising)

Houston Area Library System (HALS)  "One of ten cooperative public library systems in Texas, HALS represents 67 member and 5 non-member libraries working together to serve 5,017,712 people (27% of state population) in 28 counties in southeast Texas with a land area of 24,966 square miles."  It provides numerous services and a unified voice for public libraries in its service area.  The page contains a list of member libraries.

html Goodies  This site contains primers and tutorials on the intricacies of web page design and authorship in html.  There are updates on what works and what doesn't.

Online Reference & Research   Provided by Freeality.com, this site has links to some great online reference tools.  There is a lot of up-front advertising but the access should be worth it.

Refdesk: "Refdesk aims to index, review, and publish quality, credible information-based Web sites and to assist readers in navigating and extracting needed data from these sites.  Since 1995,  Refdesk free and family friendly."

The SANS Institute - Internet Security  Includes "How To Eliminate The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Threats: The Experts' Consensus."  The information is pretty technical, but most librarians should know where to locate it for patrons.  (01-13-05)

The Scout Report  "The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Project. Published every Friday both on the web and by email, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable resources on the Internet. Our team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource."

Society of American Archivists listserv archives   An indexed archive of discussions by archivists about operating and maintaining archives.  Each weeks compilation is given a table of contents which range from the mundane to the very technical.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission  The state's voice for and to libraries.  Sections include: Agency Information, Areas of General Interest, Services to Librarians, Services to Government Agencies, Catalogs and Searches, Our Publications, News & Events, and TRAIL (Texas Records & Information Locator).

Texas State Library Grant Funding  Funding sources primarily from State and Federal sources with links to other grant funding.  There is a link to Gates grant information.

TexShare  "TexShare is a cooperative program designed to improve library service to Texans. Members include public libraries that belong to the regional library systems, and academic libraries. TexShare enables participating libraries to offer a broader range of materials and services than any single library can provide."  Some sections include: Eligibility, Frequently Asked Questions, Governance, Programs and Participants, and Search TexShare.

Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher Sponsored by the Library Information & Technology Association (A division of the American Library Association), the page is currently developed and maintained by Pat Ensor.  She says "Tired of endless lists of Web search tools that give you no guidance as to which ones to use?  Or that were last updated when Gophers were alive? I'm inviting you to look over my shoulder and use what I use every day for Web searching in an academic library. I keep up with this stuff so you don't have to!"

Virtual Library  "The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web."