Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Current Cites: Networks and Networking

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Current Cites: Networks and Networking

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Networks and Networking

Guernsey, Lisa. "A Humanities Network Considers What Lies Beyond Email: Debate at H-NET Reflects Ideas of Two Men Who Run the Popular Project" Chronicle of Higher Education 43(20) (January 24, 1997):A23-A24.-HNET, which won the American Historical Association's award for contributions to the teaching of history, is a lively community of over 51,000 humanities scholars. This article charts its growth and future goals, which will increasingly involve Web applications. Until now, the network has largely been a series of e-mail discussion lists. This is a relatively low-tech use of networked communications, but it is clearly of interest and value to the participants as a scholarly aid. The founders will retain a commitment to material that can be accessed with slower machines and access times in recognition of the full range of technology available.-TH

Hof, Robert D. "Netspeed at Netscape" Business Week (3513) (February 10, 1997):78-86 (http://www.businessweek.com/1997/06/b35131.htm).-This profile of working life at Netscape will be of interest to librarians who are watching the development of Internet culture for two reasons. First, it showcases the mindset and values (such as speed, speed, speed in development cycles) that have helped Netscape keep an edge on Microsoft. Second, it reveals how Netscape developers and marketers have combined an understanding of desktop ease-of-use with new ways of handling content. Fans of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine will enjoy a peek at this one.-TH

Johnston, Leslie, and Katherine Jones-Garmil. "So You Want to Build a Web Site" Museum News (Jan./Feb. 1997):41-44.-After you thought you'd seen all you needed of introductory articles on how to make Web sites, this one is worth looking at. The authors cite URLs to back up each section, but more importantly, they give a good overview of issues to consider when planning a Web site, including server options, access issues, etc. This is an up-to-date, concise, and well-considered introduction to being an information provider on the Web.-RR

Wilson, David L. "Internet Managers are Poised to Change the System of Online Address" Chronicle of Higher Education 43(22) (February 7, 1997):A25A26.-Corporate vanity is not the only reason that the Internet International Ad Hoc Committee is recommending the addition of new "top-level domain names" for Internet addresses, but you can bet it has played a big role. …

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