Chapter 11:
Other Links


You've created a fabulous site, showcasing your institution's programs and resources, celebrating donors, communicating the organization's mission. Now you want to share this site with an audience that may not have the patience to wait for it all on a 28.8KB modem connection. What to do?

One remarkably easy way out of this dilemma is to deliver the web on a CD. Your audience can use their own web browsers, drawing from their CD-ROM drives instead of the Internet. It's quicker, cheaper, and easier than you probably imagine, and it's enough of a novelty to deliver a wallop on impact.

At the University of Pennsylvania Library, we used this technique in the fall of 1996 to create a sampler of four online exhibitions, together with some information on our new business library and some links to our "live" Library web site. We'd never done it before and didn't know anyone who had, but we managed it and lived to tell about it. You can do it too. (Trust me, says Laura: I'm somebody's grandmother. Would I lie to you?) Here's how we created our disk:

[Sorry! Our agreement with our publisher does not allow us to put the entire book online. If you would like to have the entire text, and the CD, there's an easy way to get it: Spend $50 (cheap for a book and a CD!) Just call ALA Editions at 1-800-545-2433 or order online (for a few dollars more) at (search for "fundraising and friend-raising")]

Update--New Resource for Creating Offline Versions

We found a program we really like for this part of the CD creation chore: it's called Teleport Pro from Tennyson Maxwell Information Systems. Here are two links of interest.

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From the CD version of Fundraising and Friend-Raising on the Web: A Handbook for Libraries and Other Non-Profit Organizations. ALA Editions, 1998. Copyright © 1998, Adam Corson-Finnerty and Laura Blanchard, all rights reserved.