Internet Public Library

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The Internet Public Library (IPL, ipl2) is a non-profit, largely student-run website at Drexel University. Visitors can ask a reference question. Volunteer librarians and graduate students in library and information science form collections and answer questions. The IPL opened on March 17, 1995.

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The IPL originated at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content. They also managed the Ask a Question reference service.

Since January 1, 2007 the "IPL Consortium", a group of 15 colleges still including the University of Michigan, has run the IPL. Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology hosts the site. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Drexel intends to additionally use it as a "'technological training center' for digital librarians".[1]

IPL2, the new face of the Internet Public Library, results from a merger with the Librarians' Internet Index, previously managed by the Califa Library group. This project involves moving IPL2 to a new website, a process that is still underway as of 2 July 2012.[1]

Scope[edit]

According to IPL2 their Mission Statement and Vision Statement adopted 19 May 2008 is

Mission Statement of ipl2
Ipl2 is a global information community that provides in-service learning and volunteer opportunities for library and information science students and professionals, offers a collaborative research forum, and supports and enhances library services through the provision of authoritative collections, information assistance, and information instruction for the public.

Vision Statement of ipl2
Ipl2 will shape and direct the evolving role of libraries in an increasingly digital world while working to become a virtual learning laboratory for the study of information services and technology.

The Ipl2 staff, faculty, and volunteers will strive to meet these goals by:

  • 1) creating and supporting new learning experiences for students and volunteers,
  • 2) serving as a research forum and as a technological test-bed,
  • 3) serving the public by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating high quality information resources, and
  • 4) connecting members of the public to high quality information resources through the IPL question answering service.[2]

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