No one will argue that the internet has a lot to offer our patrons. Library web sites and systems link to a variety of valuable electronic resources such as databases, e-journals, and educational web sites. Unfortunately, the digital world is ever-changing, and maintaining access to these resources is a real challenge for librarians. Link checkers can be a great tool for keeping URLs updated, but they were generally not designed with libraries in mind; they may run into issues with resources that have access limited by IP address, go through ezproxy, or begin sessions.
This poster compares several free and/or open source link checkers and analyze how they can be adapted for use in libraries. The goal of this poster is to provide guidance to fellow librarians about the potential value and possible limitations of these tools.
Library and Information Science
Mowry, Amelia, "Linked Up: Using Free Tools to Maintain Access to E-resources" (2013). Library Scholarly Publications. 66.