Links policy

Links appearing on the ICDL web site must conform to the selection criteria for the books included in the collection. The sites linked should expand, enhance, and support books included in the collection. Sites linked to the ICDL must:

  • Have a high degree of appeal for children from ages 3-13;
  • Support the understanding and use of books in the collection;
  • Be appropriate for the age levels of the intended audience for the collection;
  • Include content that is relevant and of interest to children ages 3-13;
  • Support the understanding of similarities and difference among and within countries, peoples, and cultures;
  • Contribute to children's understanding of the diversity of the global society; and,
  • Meet professionally accepted quality standards in terms of content, format, and presentation.

Additional information that may be considered when evaluating sites includes:

  • Does the site provide information about the authors, illustrators, or translators whose works are included in the collection?
  • Is the site's purpose clear and does its content reflect its purpose?
  • Does the site promote tolerance and understanding?
  • Does the site enrich children's experience and expand their imaginations?
  • Is the site easy for children to navigate?
  • Is the page consistently available and does it load without problems?
  • Are required "plug-ins" or other helper applications clearly identified?
  • Does the site require registration or the payment of a fee?
  • If advertising is included in the site, is it appropriate for the intended audience? Is advertising the primary purpose of the site and does it overshadow the content?

In reviewing sites for inclusion as an ICDL link, the following questions will be asked:

  1. Authority

    1. Is it clear who is responsible for the contents of the page?
    2. Is there a link to a page describing the purpose of the sponsoring organization?
    3. Is there a way of verifying the legitimacy of the page's sponsor? For example, is there a phone number or postal address to contact the sponsor for more information?
    4. Is it clear who wrote the material and are the author's qualifications for writing on this topic clearly stated?
    5. If the material is protected by copyright, is the name of the copyright holder given?
  2. Accuracy

    1. Are the sources for any factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another source?
    2. Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors?
    3. Is it clear who has the ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the content of the material?
    4. If there are charts, graphs, etc., are they clearly labeled and easy to read?
  3. Objectivity

    1. Is the information provided as a public service?
    2. If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly differentiated from the informational content?
  4. Currency

    1. Are there dates on the page to indicate:
      • When the page was written?
      • When the page was first placed on the Web?
      • When the page was last revised?
    2. Are there any other indications that the material is kept current?
    3. If material is presented in graphs and/or charts, is it clearly stated when the data was gathered?
    4. If the information is published in different editions, is it clearly labeled what edition the page is from?
  5. Coverage

    1. Is there an indication that the page has been completed, and is not still under construction?
    2. If there is a print equivalent to the Web page, is there a clear indication of whether the entire work is available on the Web or only parts of it?
    3. If the material is from a work, which is out of copyright (as is often the case with a dictionary or thesaurus), has there been an effort to update the material to make it more current?