Probably the most important book you will read in the next year is going to be "Animation on the Web" by Sean Wagstaff. It is a rather affordable book, but don't let the price fool you; this is a great chance to get familiar with the terminology and methods of computer animation.
Another good conceptual resource is the book "Getting Started in 3D" by Ashford and Odam. Also, "3D Graphics and Animation" by Mark Giambruno. Is a valuable resource for the discussion of 3D specific terms in the early chapters.
Despite (or perhaps because of) having a fairly small library, our librarian maintains a great selection of 3D resources. In addition to a lot of text books (a lot of good text books), the library also offers a number of magazines. Note that magazines are easily stolen, so are not left out for browsing; just ask for them at the desk. 3D Magazines we get in include: 3D Design Magazine, Newtekniques, and Keyframe Magazine.
If you are holding a piece of paper in your hand, you should go get this file online, so that you can click on these links, instead of typing them in:
Instructors' web sites:
Tony Gilchrist: http://tonyg2k.50megs.com/
Kevin Gallant: http://www.howtotrainwireless.com/
Other instructors' sites coming soon…
Software web sites:
Paint Shop Pro:http://www.jasc.com/
An Online Book:http://www.cadvision.com/balinte/nsae_book.html
General 3D Reference:http://www.webreference.com/3d/
Really big list of Lightwave Tutorials:http://members.home.com/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm
General 3D Reference:http://animation.about.com/arts/animation/library/weekly/blglossaryindex.htm
3D for technophobes:http://www.animfound.com/tips/Taking_the_comp/takecomp.html
3DSMAX & Lightwave Tutorials etc.http://www.3dspline.com/index.html
The Lightwave User's #1 Page;http://www.flay.com/
Rally Big Tutorial List:http://visionaryvideo.com/
A Small Site of Excellent Quality:http://www.anticz.com/animatio.htm
3DS Max Tutorials:http://www.maxforums.org/tutorial.asp
All things 3DS MAX:http://the3dstudio.com/
Various, including MAX tutorials:http://www.3dluvr.com/content/
Awesome bug 3D book-list:http://www.artof3d.com/readings.htm
Newsgroups: (Never Heard of UseNet? See the tutorial at: http://tonyg.3dup.net/tutorials/news/Use_News.htm)