This article is from the Libraries FAQ, by Anthony Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The Internet has been described as a library with all the books tossed
on the floor (note: can anyone provide the actual quote?) Fortunately,
there are online courses, discussion groups, and books (both digital
and hardcopy) to help you work effectively on the net:
"If you're looking for a free, easy way to learn a lot about the
Internet, look no further." --The Washington Post, 4/6/95 (talking
about the Roadmap series)
"Roadmap96 is a free, text-based, 27 lesson Internet training workshop
designed to teach new "Net travelers" how to travel around the rapidly
expanding (and often-times confusing) 'Information Superhighway'
without getting lost."
You can access Roadmap through its e-mail distribution list or the
Roadmap96 Web archive. For directions, go to:
"The Librarians' Online Support Team (LOST) is a group of
geographically remote librarians meeting online for instruction and
discussion with the goal of professional development. The group
regularly sponsors online workshops and is building a set of online
resources to share."
Excellent site, great programs. Find it at
Quoting from the web4lib web site at
Purpose: The Web4Lib electronic discussion is for the discussion of
issues relating to the creation and management of library- based World
Wide Web servers and clients. Particularly appropriate issues for
discussion include, but are not limited to:
- Web resource selection and information mounting in relation to
existing acquisition and collection development procedures
- cataloging and metadata issues regarding Web information
- in-house patron access to Web servers (e.g., Netscape on
- training staff or users to use the Web or to create Web resources
Audience: Web4Lib is specifically aimed toward librarians and library
staff involved in World Wide Web management, but anyone is welcome to
join the discussion. Those not interested in a library-oriented Web
discussion may wish to join one of the general Web discussions hosted
by the W3 Organization. There are presently over 3,400 subscribers
world wide and an average of 18 messages every day (as of April 29,
The discussions on Web4lib range from the Sacred (the ethics of
cyberfilters) to the Profane (mouse ball theft). It is a wonderful
To subscribe to web4lib::
Send the message "subscribe Web4Lib your name" to
EFF's BIG DUMMY'S GUIDE
Everyone should have a copy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
(Extended) Guide to the Internet.
Interesting offer from Macmillan: The Personal Bookshelf at Macmillan
Computer Publishing, http://www.mcp.com/personal/, gives you free,
access to more than 150 complete computer books on the Internet, web
publishing, programming and more. Registered users of this "library"
select up to five Ebooks to view online.
Secrets of the Super Searchers & Secrets of the Super Net Searchers by
Reva Basch published by Online, Inc./8-Bit Books, 1994. It has tips
for experienced surfers as well as net newbies.
How The Internet Works by Joshua Eddings (Ziff-Davis Press). Like all
the "How It Works" books by ZD, it has a has an easy to grasp
The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog-2nd Edition by Ed Krol
(O'Reilly & Associates) A classic.
Internet Connections: A Librarian's Guide to Dial-Up Access and Use by
Mary Engle, et al. (American Library Association)
For more information on Internet guides visit the Yahoo site: