Reference type: Bibliographical
Authority: Central Colorado Library System has been compiling the Midnight at the Internet Cafe resource lists for several years now. This is considered to be a great resource for public libraries and school media centers, as evidenced by discussion on several library email lists.
Audience Relation: Science fiction writers are like any other authors, with the exception of their focus on their genre. Thus, general writing references are just as useful to them as they are to other writers. This site addresses the online writing references available for authors.
Scope: Midnight at the Internet Cafe devotes each issue to a topic that might be of interest to librarians working at the reference desk. Its purpose is to ferret out the very best sources on the Internet on a given topic and list those resources with annotation. It does not proclaim to cover all resources on a given topic, just those that might be the most immediately useful, such as on a ready reference shelf in a library.
Content Evaluation: The front page of this site is elegant and simple as well as being small enough for a quick download. The background is plain white with black text. The only content on the front page is links to each of the writing categories and some background information on the purpose of this web page and information on alternate methods of access.
Each of the categories listed here would be of general interest to authors, but the links specifically on writing prove the most useful. They cover everything from copyright procedures to writers' groups and organizations to online journals. The annotations are short, but informative with enough data given to be able to judge the site's immediate pertinence. The page prominently displays its last update and contact information at the bottom.
Overall, this is just a simple resource, but sometimes those are the best. A quick experiment on trying to find these same resources through Yahoo! proved to be an experience of signal to noise measurement. The noise won. Thus, this site is a great time-saver and a good jumping point for other online resources.