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Before you look at a web page, remember that on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.  Anyone can write anything on the Internet and it doesn't have to be true.  There are a couple of tools for assessing the quality of websites, one of which is the CRAAP test: a list of criteria that you can use to assess the credibility of a source.  If you're doing research on the Internet, consider the following:

Currency:  when was the information posted, has it been revised or updated, does it reflect current knowledge, do the links work?

Relevance: who is the page aimed at, is the information at an appropriate level, how does it compare to other sources on the same topic, would you be happy to use this a source if you were writing an assignment/dissertation?

Authority: who wrote the page, do they have any qualifications & and are they relevant to the topic, is there contact information, what is the top level domain e.g .com (companies) .gov (government), .org (non-profit organisation), .edu/.ac (educational )?

Accuracy, what the source of the information, is it evidence-based, what kind of language is used, what is the tone of the page, is it free from grammatical or spelling errors, can you verify any of the information independently?

Purpose: why does the page exist, is the author trying to inform, persuade, entertain or sell you something, are the intentions clear, is it objective, Are there political, cultural or other biases?

Some good LIS related websites.  If you find any broken links, or want to suggest a site for inclusion please contact the library.  Last revised 14/092018

A communal blog with a broad and open-minded take on the subject of library and information management.

A group formed and run by postgraduate students studying library and information studies.

Aimed at helping newly qualfied library professionals make the transition from library school to work

The professional body representing libraries and librarianship in Ireland.

News and information about libraries in Ireland

Irish consortium of national and university libraries

Source of information on Archives and Records Management in Ireland since 2002

Promoting informed debate on copyright

Magazine of the LAI;

Details about services, collections, catalogues and databases, the digital library, and a list of current events

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Lex-Judgments is a database that provides free access to leading judicial decisions related to intellectual property law, worldwide.

the website of Internet consultant Phil Bradley, containing information on search engines, searching the Internet, keeping up to date on Internet events, free articles on Internet searching and Web page and website design

Blog of Bobbi L. Newman, geek librarian

Putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999/p>

social web, emerging trends, and libraries

Advice to those who are new (or even not so new) to librarianship from someone who has been doing this work for a while now

Keeping track of interesting and cool ideas that might be used by [academic] libraries for benefit of users

Not for hack librarians, but, by for and about LIS students. How would you hack library school?

Blog to support library staff who wish to write for publication

Enabling the library community to share new resources for getting our jobs done

Web resources helpful for librarians doing research

Advice on choosing a research technique

Peer-reviewed biannual journal offering articles that demonstrate the connection between library practice and library philosophy and theory.

Information Research, is an open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines

for identifying content objects in the digital environment

Influential 1945 article published in Atlantic Monthly which urged that scientists should attempt to make more accessible their 'bewildering store of knowledge',

Online version of the print publication with regular features including WebWatch and PrePub Alert, and a collection development column.

Online open access LIS research journal

Library and information science current awareness newsletter with summaries of articles on developments in electronic information provision and delivery in relation to libraries

News and information on developments in information science and technology, including policy and publishing opinions.

The site supports practitioners by providing news, case studies, examples of best practice and freely available toolkits

Slideshare presentation on HEA-funded online information literacy tutorial

A community for librarians, faculty, instructional designers and technologists, and other academic support personnel working collaboratively to integrate the library into the teaching and learning process

Shelia Webber's information literacy weblog

these resources will help you advocate for, develop, and apply information literacy programming, to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.

A collection of standards, print and web resources, and a bibliography of library press articles on Information Literacy

A regulary updated listed of IL resources

free ebook (epub) listing worldwide IL resources

6 suggestions about how to offer students the concepts and skills that will set them on the road to information literacy.

range of resources for those engaging in cataloguing or digitisation activities

Provides guidelines for the content, organisation, and presentation of indexes used for the retrieval of parts of, and entire, documents

ISO/IEC JTC1 SC32 WG2 is the Working Group that develops international standards for metadata and related technologies

developing interoperable metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business model

An experimental classification web service enter some data and get a Dewey number. YMMV

defining and advancing the evolving discipline of information architecture (until the year 2001)

describes the work being done at W3C within the XML Activity, and how it is structured

Supporting individuals and organisations specialising in the design and construction of shared information environments

An attempt to bring all of the rule interpretations for AACR2 available on the web into a single place

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is responsible for maintaining RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Very useful cataloguing resource

MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form.

what information architecture really is

Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification system (that's probably not much) but were afraid to ask ...

An overview of the Z39.50 standard explaining what it is and how it works

The homepage of the book with links and recommended reading

A directory of free/open source software for use in Libraries

Information on the many different types of technology products and services used by libraries

The website of web design guru Jakob Nielsen

nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs

free access to the merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library

Society of College, National and University Libraries - UK and Ireland

Website of the American Library Association

the UK's leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers

the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users

The main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

the national library of the United Kingdom



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