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The purpose of this blog is to give and receive feedback about current issues in librarianship. Technology should be one of the more important topics discussed on the blog. I wouldn't consider myself technologically savvy...but I am willing and trying to learn!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"Websites You Can Trust"!

So...I am doing a follow up instruction session for an English 102 course. I am supposed to concentrate on website evaluation. All right, I can do that; I know how to evaluate a website (currency, authority, objectivity, etc.), but how do I find some websites to evaluate? I supposed I could Google a bunch of things and find some examples, but I am currently doing work for three classes and have a job. I need a little help! I asked one of my supervisors today (a Dominican University librarian) for advice. "Are there websites you show your classes?" I asked. That's when I found out about the Librarians' Internet Index!

The Librarians' Internet Index "is a publicly-funded website and weekly newsletter serving California, Washington state, the nation, and the world." (About LII) The home page of LII is organized by fourteen subjects:

Arts and Humanities, Business, Computers, Government, Health, Home and Housing, Law, Media, People, Recreation, Reference, Regional, Science, and Society and Social Science.

The home page also includes a "Featured Site" section (currently, it is "Tiramisu: Heaven in Your Mouth"--life isn't all work), an "Announcements" area, and an RSS feed. Each website has a review entry. Here is the entry for the Tiramisu site:

"A mature, comprehensive site offering exhaustive information about this Italian dessert. Recipes include classic versions as well as dozens of variations on a theme, including low-fat, eggless, and other embellishments. Readers may submit recipes, rate versions of tiramisu from their local restaurants, and contribute thoughts to a guest book. Maintained by a knowledgeable hobbyist; many recipes personally verified by lii.org leadership." (Tiramisu Entry)

Pretty well rounded, huh? You should see the review for websites about History, Science, etc.
(On the Dominican's Rebecca Crown Library Website, people can find LII by clicking on "Library Information", then "Search Engines, Subject Directories, Evaluation Sources". It is under the subject directories list)


57 Comments:

Blogger Gwyneth said...

In my LIS 701 course we were exposed to the "Scout Report" which carries the same idea: http://scout.wisc.edu/ . They review sites and content which they consider the best of the web. Are you going to find any sites that are mediocre and show students how they are not a reputable resource? :)

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Blogger Mark said...

Thanks! I never have heard about the LII. This looks like it would be valuable to add to my school's webpage. I am doing research on Orphan trains with 2 fourth grade classes that seemed intrigued by the notion. The LII had one hit which was pretty good after exploring the entire site...Website usability not so much. Anyways thanks for the valuable link.

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Blogger ashley said...

While we, as librarians in training, have been trained to evaluate what a "good" website is, it is important to be able to share this information with our patrons without spending hours doing so.

As a reference assistant at a college library, I get a lot of questions on the topic of how to find/and or how to evaluate what a good website is. Or, patrons show me where they found some information and it is a completely unreliable source. As you found out, the websites about websites that have been compiled by libraries and librarians are generally a good place to start. They have been evaluated and blubs about them are typically annotated by the librarians themselves. So, from my experience, these are the first places that I go, as well as the first places I tell others to try. Good luck!

Ashley

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