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The IPL’s 10th Anniversary Blog

Inactive as of August 2005
Below are selected posts and comments


my first visit to ipl

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— ipl10th @ 3:04 pm

i have been using internet for the last four years and it is my first time that i am visiting this site. it is really great and i am thankful that it is free.


Happy 10th IPL

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— ipl10th @ 11:19 pm

I first learned of IPL about five years ago. I was doing genealogy research and a friend asked me if I had ever used this site. I had to go check it out imediatly. It help me find alot of stuff on the net, I couldn’t find my own way. ILP will keep growing and it will later be bigger than most expected. Keep up the good work and thanks for being here ILP! Happy 10th!

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    Comment by AMIR ALI — 6/27/2005 @ 10:36 pm



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— melbashier @ 6:55 am

one of the first teaching and providing sites on the web even before people had firm the thought that such an invention would survive to become the thing that it is now. SO THANX A LOT FOR THIS PIONEER JOB.


Wishing you many decades to follow

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— mariwinn @ 5:21 pm

Thanks everyone for the traffic you bring to our site. You are helping to insure that our third anniversary is a productive one.
The Joplin Independent


Great work IPL

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— sundars @ 4:29 am

This website stumbled upon some four years back and there is no looking back. Long Live IPL


One of the first five bookmarks

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— ipl10th @ 1:25 pm

I can remember when I first got online in the mid-90’s, looking for a great site where I could find the world’s newspapers with a single click.

This was it! One of the first five bookmarks on my first internet computer. Thanks to all of you for all you do!

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  1. Technology has truly advanced since then. I bet you that soon, who knows, they might even have a 3-D library. Well I can’t WAIT!!

    Comment by MicGoogle — 5/17/2005 @ 7:18 am


Helped Introduce Me To Web!

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— ipl10th @ 9:08 am

When I first used the web six years ago, the IPL was my favourite site. I must admit I do not use it now as much as I used to. However you need to keep up your good work, so that the web remains true to it’s open source roots, and does not become too commercialised.



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— stacyarth @ 12:24 pm

I had a most rewarding experience working with the IPL in two of my classes at U of Md. It gave me such great hands-on experience as well as confidence and satisfaction. This is an wonderful way to learn and help people at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone interested in doing reference work. Congrats IPL on your 10th and here’s to many more! Stacy Arth



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— ipl10th @ 9:05 pm

Congratulations !
IPL for it celebrating a decade of world wide web information access.
It is really wealth of information to every one.
I am M.L.I.Sc student of library sciece ,i used u r site frequently



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— lafs @ 2:02 pm

I am really grateful for your 10th anniversary. My deepest and warmest CONGRATULATIONS. I hope you never change your way your the greatest of all the Internet. Thank you so much for being with us for so many years and hope you will be there for ten years more.
Thank you very much from Spain.


Thank you and congrats

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— ipl10th @ 2:39 pm

Thank you for this wonderful site. It has been invaluable to me and the students. There is a wealth of information on the Web, and you made it so much more accessible. Kudos to you! Janice


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— Cate Cebrowski @ 12:02 pm

Felicidades a la IPL! Your ten years of dedication and the service that you provide are something of which to be very proud!!

It has been a pleasure to work with you all. We look forward to the next years and to the launch of the Biblioteca Publica por Internet.

Thank you for sharing your support and experience with us.


Cate Cebrowski
Biblioteca Pbica por Internet
Tec de Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico



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— ipl10th @ 12:31 pm

I’m so glad to see this fantastic organization reach it’s 10th Anniversary. Rarely do projects give such rich gifts to all those involved. As a volunteer, it was an honour to be trusted to answer reference questions and gain valuable work experience while still a student, and to know, at the same time, that I was making a valuable contribution to other people. That I was meeting their information needs.

I first started with IPL as part of a class project while in a library technician program. In mid-stream, I switched into an MLS program and took the IPL with me. When I found that this particular MLS program didn’t participate in the IPL, Patricia Memmott enthusiasitically allowed me to start training students from that Library School to participate in the IPL… and suddenly I also had training experience!

My experience with the IPL was instrumental in landing my first two student jobs as both employers were impressed that I was volunteering and that I had library-related experience. One thing lead to the other and I have been steadily employeed in libraries every since. IPL was the seed that really helped my career take off.

So thank you to the IPL for all you’ve done and continue to do! Happy Anniversary! I hope to see you again for the 20th Anniversary!


Sandra Anderson


Bonne anniversaire, IPL!

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— louise @ 5:14 pm

Has it really been 10 years? I now officially feel OLD. :) I’m so delighted and proud that the IPL continues to flourish after 10 years. It was clearly a quality product from the moment of its birth, and it has maintained a reputation for dependability, rare on the Web. Well done, everyone! I am proud to say I was present for its birth, bubble gum cigar firmly in hand.….html


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— ipl10th @ 10:09 am

to the many people that have changed the world through the IPL enterprise. IPL is a major accomplishments and one of which I am especially proud. Happy Birthday!

Dan Atkins
Professor and founding Dean of SI


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— Jen @ 5:24 pm

Have you used the IPL for research? Asked a question of our "Ask-A-Question" service? Tell us how you use the IPL!

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  1. I’ve used IPL for the past ten years and it’s great. I’ve worked in elementary libraries to college libraries and it’s such a wonderful reference site. Sugar Land, Texas

    Comment by Anonymous — 3/17/2005 @ 2:53 pm

this is a great site

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— ipl10th @ 3:39 pm

thanks for the memories ipl. many kudos to you and yours and let’s see another 10.~!


Thanks for the Memories!

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— mhogan @ 3:43 pm

Just this past fall I was an IPL volunteer as part of an MLS graduate course taught by Dr. Marilyn White in the College of Library and Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

At first I was reluctant to get involved, mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. Turns out it was a great experience, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to other MLS students, even those who are not interested in doing reference work . I learned a lot about providing reference assistance remotely and on a shoe string, and it was fun. I’m grateful to have had the experience, and glad I didn’t let the unknown stop me.

Thanks, IPL, and Happy Anniversary!

MaryAnn Hogan
MLS Student
University of Maryland

IPL - great "hands on" for the real world

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— ipl10th @ 1:33 pm

Really enjoyed IPL as a class, and it prepared me well for electronic reference questions in my job. Was also happy to see my pathfinder on digitization still alive and fairly well!

–Larry Neal, MSI/LIS 2001
larry at cmpl dot org

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  1. this is quite an undertaking,,, many people are grateful,,, keep up the good work… wayne deremer

    Comment by wayne deremer — 3/16/2005 @ 10:39 am


Instructor, technical college

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— ipl10th @ 5:55 pm Edit This

I have used ipl for several years for my students at a technical college. It has been so helpful to them. They especially like the reading room with all the "newspapers". Thanks for a wonderful site.


Weighing the brick

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— Deb @ 6:57 pm Edit This

…was indeed UK live reference. What a night.

What an experience, in general. I "did reference until my eyes bled" (as it was presented) and loved it.

Happy 10th anniversary from Deb, mistress of translations of dirty Latin


  1. …and it was you, and Ken, and the IPL, that gave me my first taste of SI, and eventually lured me here. Remember the night we got locked out of West Hall during a smoke break when the IPL was showing "Desk Set"? What are you up to these days?

    Comment by Scott — 3/9/2005 @ 10:54 am

  2. Hey!

    Indeed I do – it was snowing like a mutha, too. ;)

    I sent you an email, too, but here’s the short form and the most relevant part: on 21 March, I’ll actually be starting a job at UM, as Special Projects and Collections Cataloger. Woo hoo!

    Comment by Deb — 3/9/2005 @ 11:11 am

  3. That’s great news, Deb! Congrats

    Comment by Patricia — 3/9/2005 @ 1:35 pm

  4. Do you remember who was in on that brick liberation expedition? I’m thinking maybe Ben. I remember going around looking for a deli or store or someone open that late who would weigh it for us, but i’m pretty vague on many of the details.

    Comment by Ken — 3/14/2005 @ 8:12 pm

  5. Ben was. Joe was. At some point, we brought it to the cafe next to West Hall (whose name eludes me, despite the fact that I was just down there earlier), and asked them to weigh it. I don’t remember if they did; we brought it to Amer’s, too, and I can’t remember if *they* were the ones who finally gave in and weighed it.

    Damn that short-term memory loss! ;)

    Comment by Deb — 3/14/2005 @ 8:36 pm

  6. Deb: Didn’t you do 6 credit hours of IPL one semester?

    Comment by Dave — 3/15/2005 @ 11:18 am

  7. Yep. Reference, reference, and reference. =)

    Comment by Deb — 3/15/2005 @ 11:27 am

Good Times: Fun IPL Memories!

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— pmemmott @ 1:35 pm Edit This

The 10th anniversary has made me all nostalgic… So who remembers "man, cabin, boat, snake"? (I think that one predates me, actually.) Or stealing a brick from the Social Work building site and weighing it? (UK Live Reference, I think?) Joe’s Oscar parties (did Bob always win even then?)


  1. Patricia! How have you been?

    Comment by Deb — 3/9/2005 @ 6:50 pm

  2. I’m great! Taking care of Lily, and doing ~20 hours work from home each week for 24/7 Reference and MeL. Good times, but sure busy!

    Comment by Patricia — 3/10/2005 @ 11:06 am

  3. I totally forgot about the brick -- wow! I believe that "man cabin boat snake" is a first-generation IPL thing. Nettie-Dave-Sara-Schelle territory. I think of MCBS all the time though (really - like, I have whole days where I just meditate on the concatenation of those syllables. you think i’m kidding?)

    Comment by Anonymous — 3/14/2005 @ 12:23 pm

  4. The previous "Anonymous" comment was from me; I figured that since I was logged in I didn’t have to say who I was…

    Comment by Anonymous — 3/14/2005 @ 12:23 pm

  5. MBCS was from one of our early reference questions; it went something like: "I’m looking for a story, or maybe a novel; I don’t know the title or the author, but there was a part where there was a man, on a boat, in a cabin, with a snake."

    Many chuckles, but IIRC we eventually determined that it was Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

    Comment by Dave — 3/15/2005 @ 11:22 am

RSS feeds?

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— Phil @ 11:10 am Edit This

I know that this is perhaps a bit late in the game for the IPL, but one thing I’ve been thinking about recently is’s decision to start an RSS feed from their site. This seems to be an excellent way to increase mindshare, especially considering the ability to integrate these feeds using a portal like My Yahoo!. It still doesn’t deal with financial support – a problem I can’t currently frame appropriately, much less arrive at a workable solution – but it would seem to be a step forward for the IPL brand. I remember earlier discussions (half-joking, I think) of creating an IPL toolbar or bookmarklet if we had the time/money/inclination, but I think RSS might be an easier technological solution to accomplish the same goal of putting the IPL on the desktop of the masses (or the masses who are savvy enough to know about RSS, at least).

Happy Anniversary, IPL!

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— Lorri @ 10:16 am Edit This

Happy Anniversary, IPL! I’ll be traveling on the big day but just wanted to send along a thanks and congratulations to everyone who’s made this possible through the years. I’m bringing in yet another class next quarter and it’s been great to have this learning laboratory available for students. IPL has made a tremendous contribution to our profession, and I’m glad to see it continuing to do so!


What did the IPL ever do for you? Let us know.

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— site admin @ 4:08 pm Edit This

Share your own experiences at the IPL. Or talk about the impact of the IPL on you. How has your experience working for the IPL enriched or affected your life?


  1. Hello.
    I worked reference and collection development at IPL in I think late 2000/early 2001. Since summer 2001 I have been Electronic Resources Cataloger at Ohio University Libraries in Athens, Ohio. I was recently promoted to Head, Serials & Non-Print Cataloging. My experiences at IPL probably helped me get my original job and be more forward-thinking in the area of providing access to online resources.

    Comment by Carrie Preston — 3/11/2005 @ 11:06 am

  2. When I first saw the sign "Internet Public Library" on a door in the International Institute in 1997 I had not the least idea what that could possibly be. The room was locked, so I grabbed an empty envelop from the paper basket (address: Schelle Simcox, IPL, Ann Arbor…) and kept it. Returning to AA in 2000 I went on a long searching tour for the "physical-infected-Digital Reference Service (IPL)"

    Helga Luedtke

    Comment by Helga Luedtke — 3/16/2005 @ 8:02 am

  3. Happy Birthday, IPL! When I arrived at UM’s newly-named "School of Information" in 1996, I was drawn from a career as a CPA to librarianship primarily because of my interest in the world of digital information and its possibilities. As soon as I got my bearings it was clear to me that the coolest most exciting thing going on at SI was the IPL - a bunch of crazy people trying to do something that logically couldn’t be done: a public library without physical location! In the long run, it seems IPL is, indeed a public library without walls, with all the same challenges as other public libraries - funding, staffing, capacity…etc.

    My experience answering reference questions and providing content for the IPL cemented my committment to public librarianship - I believe public libraries save lives, literally and figuratively. Working with public librarianship in a digital environment gave me a preview of what I believe ALL public libraries MUST do to retain their important position in our society - which is, to embrace technology as a way to obtain and provide information, and to use technology as just one more way to interact with library patrons and provide library services. Libraries as PLACES are extremely important, but we are fools if we do not use technology to interact with our patrons who do not require the "place" aspect of the library.

    I have been working as a Cybrarian (public training, webmaster and tech support for hi-tech projects) and am now Interim Supervisor of Technical Services at Flint Public Library. As all public libraries, trying to do a lot with limited resources. One great thing, both SI and Wayne State are turning out librarians with excellent technology skills before they hit the door at their first library job - so we increasingly have lots of possibilities for keeping at the leading edge of technology - don’t have to rely on a Cybrarian because the skills and experience are all throughout the staff.

    Thanks so much, Joe Janes, David Carter (indeed, Superman) and all the great IPL’ers who gave me the experience. (I was so intensely jealous that I wasn’t there at the very beginning, but I’m getting over it, slowly!)

    Comment by Kay Schwartz — 3/16/2005 @ 8:02 am

  4. I’ve used IPL for the past ten years and it’s great. I’ve worked in elementary libraries to college libraries and it’s such a wonderful reference site.
    Sugar Land, Texas

    Comment by Anonymous — 3/17/2005 @ 2:53 pm

  5. Dankeschoen…merci…thanks…Ever since I discovered your website by accident I have been reading international newsapers even though I live in a rural area. Thanks to you I am now able to stay in touch with the rest of the world and you have enriched my life. Please do not ever cancel this feature! I would be devastated.

    Comment by Anonymous — 3/19/2005 @ 6:02 pm

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