Internet Public Library is one of the meta search engines available through your Alameda County Library website.  ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for the “Ask an ipl2 Librarian” service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

In January 2010, the website “ipl2: information you can trust” was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.

One can search ipl2 by clicking on the buttons entitled  Resources by Subject, Newspapers & Magazines, Special Collections Created by ipl2, For Kids, and For Teens. 

Since Dublin Library is one of the sponsors of the “Dublin Reads, One City, One Book” program, promoting the reading and discussion of Anchee Min’s book “Pearl of China”, I was curious to see what sort of websites would be recommended by ipl2.  After clicking on the link for History, I found these sites to be of particular interest: 

Recording the Grandeur of the Qing: Nanxuntu
This site produced by Asia for Educators, Columbia University presents information about the Kangxi and Qianlong emperors, the Qing state system, the Qing economy, the art during the Qing, and the Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls.

China and Europe (1500 – 2000 and Beyond)
This site produced by Asia for Educators, Columbia University discusses history between China and Europe from 1500 to 2000 in the view of modern development.

The Song Dynasty in China (960 – 1279)
This site produced by Asia for Educators Columbia University provides economic growth, commercialization, urbanization, the spread of printing, and the social changes by analyzing the Beijing Qingming Scroll from 12th century.

Visions of China
CNN features the history of China, including maps and timelines.

Virtual Shanghai
This site provides a large collection of photographs of Shanghai in pre- and post-Revolutionary China that visualize the past, as well as postcards, maps, and bibliographic resources.

I would encourage all library members, particularly students in search of topics for reports, to get better acquainted with ipl2.

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