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Suite101.com Launches Reorganized Site

Suite101.com, Inc. has announced the release of its reorganized Best-of-Web Directory (http://www.suite101.com) using the Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC; published by OCLC Forest Press), for a hierarchical subject-organized menu, and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), for an alphabetical subject index. Started in 1996, Suite101.com was reportedly one of the first Web sites to engage real people ("contributing editors") rather than software (search engines) to find, review, and publish links to Internet content. (About.com, for example, also employs guides.)

"The reorganization of our Directory has been a huge undertaking," said Sandra Singh, M.L.I.S., who was hired in October 1999 as Suite101.com's head cybrarian. "Like all directories, our goal is to ensure that our users can easily find information they are looking for on our site, regardless of our size. Our solution was to adopt proven tools rather than try and reinvent the wheel. With the DDC and LCSH, we are not only providing superior access to information on our site, but our users will also be able to use the DDC numbers or LCSH subject headings to browse their local public library, online catalogs and, in the future, online bookstores."

According to the announcement, Singh and her team of catalogers have been working to index more than 70,000 unique pieces of content in Suite101.com's 1,200-plus topic Directory, including articles, discussions, and best-of-Web recommendations. Since May 2000, more than 200 new contributing editors have joined Suite101.com. According to the Vancouver, Canada-based company, the site has 700,000 unique visitors each month, and more than 270,000 registered members. Surprisingly, other than Singh, no one on Suite101.com's management team or board of directors has a library background, though one member of the Advisory Board is a librarian.

Source: Suite101.com



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