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Evaluation of Websites both as ready sources of reference information and
as sites to be considered for each library's home page list of hot links
should, in my opinion, be one of the hot topics for the 90's and beyond.
While there isn't much in the literature on this topic, I have found 2
articles that are helpful.  Perhaps they might serve as springboards to
further discussion?
 
1. Boyd R. Collins new "Webwatch" column (Library Journal, Feb. 1, 1996,
p. 32) describes 5 categories: content, authority, organization, search
engine and accessibility.  He plans to evaluate Websites using these
criteria in future columns.  This is a brief but highly relevant article.
 
2. "Developing a Subject-Specific Gopher at the National Library of
Medicine" (Bulletin of the MLA, Apr 1995, pp 228-33) by GA Dutcher and SJ
Arneson, touches on issues that need to be considered when developing a
a gopher.  While gophers are becoming obsolete, the same principles hold
for developing subject-specific home pages.
 
Let's keep this thread going.
 
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