Tip: Keep an eye on the Lii.


Lii.org is easy to type, and I’m sure that’s intentional. Smart people run this site, and they want to simplify our lives by organizing high-quality websites into a convenient, searchable collection.

Fans of this service got scared a couple years ago when the Lii lost much of its funding, but it just partnered with the Internet Public Library, which is a good omen for the future. Here is the announcement on the IPL site:

“Effective in October 2008, the Librarian’s Internet Index (LII) will be hosted at the iSchool at Drexel College of Information Science and Technology with the intention of merging the LII with the IPL, two of the most widely used library-based technological resources connecting individuals, businesses and society with information.

“The LII is a publicly-funded, database-driven Web site and weekly newsletter currently managed by The Califa Library Group. LII evolved from the Berkley Public Library Index, which was created in the early 1990s. In 1997, the name was changed to Librarians’ Internet Index, and the site was recognized as one of the best Free Reference Web Sites by the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Service Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA). The LII has an [sic] subscriber base of more than 40,000, and comprises more than 20,000 records representing top-notch online sources.”

Long live the Lii! And if you haven’t tried it yet, go browse.