November 28, 2015

After 17 Years, Library Website Directory Libweb to Shut Down

Libweb, the long-running web-based directory of library websites, is “being put out to pasture,” according to a post late yesterday on the Web4Lib listserv from Libweb’s founder and administrator, Thomas Dowling, assistant director of library systems at OhioLINK.

The 17-year-old site, which lists links to more than 8000 library websites in 146 countries, will no longer be updated and will be shut down for good in December. “I seldom find time to update it any more, and there’s this thing called Google now, which wasn’t around in 1994,” Dowling wrote.

Libweb was launched in May 1994. It was first hosted by the University of Washington Libraries website, and then by the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1996 to 2005. It is currently hosted by OCLC-owned WebJunction.

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