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P ro v i s i o n o f L i n k s f ro m h u m a n i t i e s w e b s i t e s
In order to increase the volume of use that our various sites receive, curators of emblem sites
need to plan strategically for a unified method of informing major humanities organizations
about, and encouraging them to provide active links to our sites. A random sample of major
humanities sites, including those in which iconography plays a key role, reveals that this is neces-
sary. For example, we at Illinois can become pro-active in encouraging various humanities sites
within the American Library Association, regional library consortia in America, and humanities
learned societies such as rare book clubs (the Grolier Club, New York; the Caxton Club, Chica-
go, for example) to link to our sites.This is not always easy, however, as our project team at Urbana
tried for no less than three years to get our Rare Book and Special Collections Library to pro-
vide a link to our own site at Illinois. And a few participants in this workshop have not yet pro-
vided links to each other's sites.
In concluding, a few miscellaneous observations can be made. Homepages of many of our sites
are available in English as well as the language of their home countries; however, it would facili-
tate searching for many countries outside of the English-speaking ones if English could be pro-
vided not only for explanations, but also for search engines. Additionally, first-time users can
greatly benefit from the excellent bibliographies of secondary literature which some of our sites,
such as those at Utrecht University and the University of La Coruņa provide. In spite of some of
the deficiencies noted in my paper, we are all trying to be successful with our various emblem
projects, and we really do have much to be proud of.
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