memorable books, the librarian giving a Website Talk would talk aboutinteresting and memorable websites.Websites, like books, have persons or organizations responsiblefor creating them, something like an author. Websites, like books,generally have a title-of-a-sort that appears prominently on thehomepages. We should note that the earliest books and manuscriptsfrequently had somewhat ambiguous and lengthy titles, too—bookssuch as this one written by a Mr. Isaac James and printed in 1800Bristol:
Providence displayed: or, The remarkable adventures of Alexander Selkirk, of Largo, in Scotland; who lived four years and four months by himself, on the island of JuanFernandez; from whence he returned with Capt. WoodesRogers, of Bristol, and on whose adventures was founded the celebrated novel of Robinson Crusoe. With a descriptionof the island, and an account of several other persons left there, particularly William, a Mosquito Indian, and Capt.Davis’s men, including brief memoirs of the famous Capt.Wm. Dampier. To which is added a Supplement containing the history of Peter Serrano, Ephraim How, and others, left insimilar situations.
Websites, like books, generally have targeted audiences and purposes.Our library orders our book collection by audience, thus we separatethe children’s books from the adults: and of course, we try to providebooks on a wide range of topics, from various perspectives, so as tosatisfy many different audiences and their interests. And perhaps mostimportant of all, some websites, like books,
wonderful resourcesfor exploring, learning, and enriching our lives. Not all websites makefor great intellectual encounters—neither do all books, sad to say—butthose kinds of websites serve their purpose: we are able to bank online,shop online, apply for jobs online, blog, and retrieve important taxforms for ﬁling our income tax! But there are some websites that arerich with possibility, and worth spreading the word about: I believethese are the types of websites that make ideal candidates for WebsiteTalks at libraries.I plan to offer more Website Talks in the near future, or otherkinds of programs that bring patrons and librarians together to talkabout the at-times-confusing world of networked computers—so watch