Jonathan's Useful Links
I created this links page
I found that when I was working (rather than just surfing) I tended to
go back to the same sites again and again (New York Public Library, COPAC,
University of London Library etc). As I work on a number of different
computers, it helps if I can have the same links available on all of them.
I also want to be able to share links as simply as possible with students,
colleagues or friends.
not use 'Favourites'?
Internet Explorer lets you drag and drop links to the bar immediately
above the browser window, so that you can click on your most used sites,
but you can only fit about five or six at the most there - and if you're
not at your usual computer, you've got someone else's links, not yours.
There are programs and sites available which allow you to upload your
'favourites' on to a server and share them - but the ones I tried showered
the page with graphics which made using or updating the page painfully
slow - not to mention the usual penalty for using free sites such as banner
ads and adservers.
suck anyway. If you open the 'favourites' menu on the left, it reduces
the size of the browser window. If you use the drop down menu, you have
to wait for it to drop down, open a folder, select the link - and watch
while the page you were looking at disappears because you don't have the
option to open a link in a new window. Organizing favourites is slow and
difficult, because you so often are left trying to remember what page
a URL refers to, or guessing what Untitled Document might mean.
What I wanted, in fact, was a 'desktop' in the true sense of the word
- something with a limited number of high-level links that would fit on
a single page and would always be there in the background. But Windows
saves links to the desktop with the same annoying icon for every page,
rather like an over-designed kitchen where you can't tell the difference
between the breadbin, the fridge and the dishwasher. A desktop with fifty
icons on it? Yuk.
you want something done properly...
So I did it myself. This meant I could do away with needless graphics
a new window, so that the desktop would always be there, as a desktop
should be. Originally, I restricted the number of links to a number which
would mean you wouldn't have to do any scrolling, but the page has grown
a bit since then. I'm trying to decide whether to syphon off some of the
lower-level links onto a separate page to get back to the single-screen
desktop - a hard decision, because the most important feature of the design
is that the desktop is a 'flat table' in database terms.
'Jonathan's Useful Link Page?'
As you'll see from my job title - Lecturer in Music Studies with Responsibility
for IT in the Faculty
of Education at the Royal Academy
of Dance - my work covers a number of different disciplines - music,
dance, education and IT. I can't think of a blanket-term to describe what
I do, or what my page does. It reflects what I want to do when I use the
internet, rather than being a true subject gateway, so I left it at 'Jonathan's
Useful LInk Page'. It's mine, it's a page and it's got useful links on
Web sees sense at last...
In view of all of the above, I was delighted when I discovered that the
people at PALATINE
(Performing Arts Learning And Teaching Innovation NEtwork) at the University
of Lancaster were making a dance
links page. It goes live in October, but the structure and some sample
links are already there. The design of the page is just what the web needs
- simple, fast loading and visible at once. For anyone involved in dance
or dance education, this is looks likely to be one of the most useful
high-level resources available, so I'm honoured that they've included
of this page on their site.
you can help
I would welcome suggestions for more links, especially if you think know
of better high-level links than the ones I have for particular subjects.
I've recently exchanged a 'library jargon' link, for example, for the
Online Dictionary of
Library and Information Science, a much more infomative site. I'd
be glad to consider any suggestions about aspects of the design.
My top five favourite sites:
- fast, reliable and allows you to search for complete
COPAC - search
20 UK Academic libraries at once. it uses Z39.50 so you can download records
using Endnote or Reference Manager
New York Public Library - unbeatable
for works on dance, in my opinion
The American memory
collection - yes, a real digital library from
the LIbrary of Congress. If this is the future, I like it
California Internet Tutorial - what everyone
should know about the web and no-one tells you
Still 2001 You may quote from these pages, but if your selection includes
a reference I have made to someone else's work, please make sure that the attribution
is clear. By not doing so, you may implicate me in plagiarism.