The Virgin Islands Library Network...

The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums  has received a $30,000 grant from the Institute of Museums and Libraries/Library Services Technology Act to re-institute the Virgin Islands Library Network (VILINET).  The interest in re-instituting VILINET is evident as indicated by the level of involvement of library institutions and librarians in the Territory to make available and take advantage of existing library resources in the Territory and those abroad.  “The public is becoming more determined to use technology and associated traditional and non-traditional resources to fill their information needs,” according to the office of the Virgin Islands Territorial Librarian. “High school students are making heavy demands on the public and university libraries; home-school students are taking advantage of the public library and university library services; private schools are aware of the value of the online resources/catalogs and other resources offered by the V.I. libraries. Categorically VILINET will be able to maximize effectiveness of our library and information services through cooperation among libraries; establish opportunities for shared services; advocate for libraries and librarianship and aggregate the power of VILINET members”, says Wallace Williams, Territorial Librarian/Project Director. 

     The project concludes with a conference at the end of the grant cycle to determine the role of VILINET and to implement its plan of action.


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The Making of the Modern World:
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 - provides digital facsimile images of every page for 61,000 that track the history and development of the western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on colonization, trade, slavery, social conditions, politics, and more.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 - Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers - With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to see history through the eyes of those the witnessed it firsthand. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

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Library Literature & Information Full Text
Library Literature & Information Index Retrospective

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