Virtual Libraries

Columbia's Contribution to the World Wide Web Virtual Library

According to the World Wide Web Virtual Library website, "The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web."

Columbia University Libraries' Global Studies division has contributed to this Virtual Library for over ten years with sections covering Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. These pages continue to evolve as the web changes.