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If there is a single institution within mankind which has promoted
the advancement of the race, an institution which in fact defines what we
commonly refer to as civilization, it is the Library. The Internet, with its
vast resources, is being combined with more traditional resources and
repositories of information. Here are some of the places that are leading
the way. To provide an exhaustive list would be outside EarthOps' scope of
operations, but here are some of the better examples which have come to my
Major Libraries and Library
- Argus Clearinghouse of Internet
- The United States Library of Congress.
- National Library of Canada.
- Special Libraries Association.
- State Library of Victoria.
"The State Library links Victorians to the world's knowledge, and the world
to our documentary heritage." Quite nice!
- CARL. Libraries online.
- Here's an excellent page full of resources on Libraries and
- PICA Centre for Library Automation
(Netherlands) develops systems and services for libraries and other
information providing institutions. Also a great window into dutch
scientific and research libraries.
- Online Computer Library Center,
Inc. Dedicated to, among other things, increasing individuals' access to
libraries, and reducing information costs to both consumers and the
- Also see the Professional Software Page if
you're looking for commercial (Microsoft or Mac-OS compatible)
information-management software. For the more-professional "serious"
computer user (UNIX, Linux, etc) see the z39.50 standard
For specific libraries in specific states, please see Regions of North America, under the specific state
Library Consortiums & Commissions
- The Can-Linked
Initiative for distributed Canadian National Digital Library System.
- Central New York Library Resources
- Health Services Libraries
- Library Information Network for
Community Colleges (LINCC), an automated information system for
Florida, USA, community college library users.
- North Suburban Library
System, a consortium of libraries serving Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry
counties. 281 Libraries are involved.
- Research Library Group "is a not-for-profit membership corporation devoted to the mission
of "improving access to information that supports research and learning."
Founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1975 by Columbia, Harvard, and Yale
universities and The New York Public Library, RLG became and is today a
pioneer in developing cooperative solutions to the problems that research
collections and their users face in the acquisition, delivery, and
preservation of information."
- Washington (DC) Research Library
- Texas State Library and Archives
Libraries of Note
- National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration Library.
- The Carnagie Library of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Cleveland Public Library.
- Bibliotek Systemer A.S, Norwegian
University of Hannover's list of German-Language Internet Library Resources,
I think. I can't really tell, my German skills are non-existent.
- The Hampton Roads Central Library
- Front Entrance. You don't drive to this library. You point to it. This
is bitchin' and can only get better.
- inReference, Inc., makes
public domain information more easily accessible over the InterNet. Online
DesMarais Library, Laurentian University. There's a reason I referenced
this library - it's fairly small, but it's intensely linked to the world and
have they got listings.
- San Francisco Public
Library. This is an excellent example of the Internet-Mounted-Library as
a regional ombudsman.
- Alternatives. Claims to be the
largest online library for social change. Has a link to a lot of other
- Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.
Maintains large online and CD-ROM scientific-abstract databases.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica charges a
subscription fee, but well worth it
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration Central Library. Lots of information is available here!
- Sandia National Laboratories
- National Library of Medicine's
- SilverPlatter. They
provide online access to bibliographic and full-text databases.
- Visit the Business MetaIndex Page.
- Visit the Computing MetaIndex.
- Visit the Science & Medicine
- Please see the Medicine Page.
- Take a look at my Space Page.
- Go back to the EarthOps homepage.
- Visit the Earth Operations Central
District Office, and try a Glimpse
HTTP Search. (enhanced word-search within HTML content.)