The Institute for Global Communications (subtitle: "connecting people who are changing the world"), is a non-governmental organization that with several partners has been the primary information and communications service provider at several UN world conferences. It manages four information networks for non-profit activist organizations: PeaceNet, EcoNet, WomensNet, and Anti-RacismNet. Each of these networks offers headlines of breaking news in the field as well as "action alerts" for people who want to be involved. The site contains chat rooms, event calendars, and advocacy tips of interest primarily to the site's activist audience, but there are some features that will be useful to library patrons. One of these features is the site's subject directory of member websites related to activism and advocacy, many of which are not listed in similar directories such as Yahoo and About.com. These members range from organizations to individuals. The IGC site offers an excellent search engine of its members' publicly accessible webpages and of its own online documents. Notable functions are the ability to check spelling of search terms, to browse keyword lists, and to select related terms. A third feature of the site that librarians will want to note is the job/volunteer opportunities section, of use to students looking for a job or internship in activist fields.
The site is updated regularly; the site administrators evaluate activists' news submissions and select new stories at least weekly. This award-winning site will be of use to undergraduate students researching social issues, as long as they are aware of the site's bias.
Head of Reference Services and User Education
University of Portland
30 March 2000