January 14, 2000 - Library professionals now have a starting point on the Web: LibraryHQ.com, Resources for the Wired Librarian. The new website. www.LibraryHQ.com, was unveiled today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting 2000 in San Antonio, TX.
The new website has been designed as an Internet start page for web-savvy librarians. It provides library-related current information, including unique databases and organized hotlinks to other informative websites.
LibraryHQ.com features an up-to-the-minute News Source for librarians. The service focuses on news and issues about libraries. Articles are drawn daily from an exhaustive list of sources that includes major newspapers and newswires, university newspapers, library, education, and technology-related journals, and general interest publications.
Another unique feature of LibraryHQ is a special Site Source of more than 6,000 carefully selected research websites that have been fully cataloged in MARC format. Librarians and library users can search this web database and be linked immediately to quality sites that provide useful information, thus eliminating the usual web search chaos that results in huge numbers of hits and useless citations.
Another feature of LibraryHQ.com is the Review Source, which contains all current book and media reviews from Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. The reviews are available in an easily searchable database format. New reviews go online each month within a week of publication.
A library technology message board, free classified ads for libraries and individuals, and articles on library automation and technology are also integral features of LibraryHQ.com, along with an extensive hotlinked lists of library-related organization websites, sources for grants and funding, laws affecting libraries, and other topics of critical interest to librarians. Fun features include the whimsy of the week, screen savers for librarians, and a chronicle of libraries housed in historic buildings transformed from businesses, railroad stations, and even churches.