Internet Scout, a project staffed by librarians and dedicated to electronic reader's advisory services (located at http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/), recently received a $3-million grant from the National Science Foundation. What are we taxpayers getting for our pocket change?
The Scout Report
The Scout Report is a current-awareness tool from the Internet Scout project that has been around for over four years. That's a long time in Internet years - longer than many librarians have been online - and that very longevity is one reason why the Scout Report is such a useful tool for resource discovery.
The Scout Report, published every Friday, is available on the Web and by e-mail (see the Web site for subscription instructions). Each week Internet Scout staff, under the leadership of librarian Jack Solock, write abstracts for up to 20 new resources. Unlike the breathless "gee-whiz" quality of some commercial currency tools, the Scout Report is subdued, selective, …