November 6, 2000. LibraryHQ.com, the information portal for library professionals, announced today the availability of SiteSource and associated products and services for libraries, schools, and individuals. Available through yearly subscriptions, SiteSource contains a database of 20,000+ quality, cataloged Web sites selected according to specific criteria by professional catalogers and subject specialists. Expanding by nearly 1000 Web sites each month, SiteSource contains a wide variety of subject areas for users of all ages.
According to SiteSource developer Jim Veatch, "We at LibraryHQ saw a need for a tool that would cut through the Web clutter that information seekers encounter when they search the Internet. Searching with SiteSource returns only the useful, solid sites that meet our high informational, graphic, and textual standards. Library users, professionals, researchers, traditional students, homeschoolers, anyone with a need for information, can now reach the most helpful Web sites faster than ever before."
Also available from LibraryHQ.com are separate services to help libraries make even fuller use of SiteSource. MARCSite, for example, enables libraries to download MARC records from SiteSource and integrate them into an online public access catalog (OPAC). Once integrated, Web sites will be included in the result sets of catalog searches, in addition to the traditional pointers to related books and other materials. SiteService offers libraries technical assistance with integrating SiteSource with their existing Web or online catalog page.
In addition, SiteDesign is a service available to help libraries customize their Web page. Web designers, experienced with the special role of libraries, create sites that reflect a library's own services and mission.
iBistro is a new user interface for the library OPAC that provides a single, simple Internet access center for users. iBistro creates a virtual library community with a bright new Web presence. Providing a focused approach to the library catalog and the Internet, iBistro is appropriate for all users, with no restrictions on age or interests. Maintained and refreshed automatically each month, iBistro does not increase library staff workload.
LibraryHQ.com was launched in January 2000 as a free web starting point for library and information professionals. LibraryHQ.com contains the News Source, Automation Source, Message Forum, Classified Ads, and many specialized lists of resources on topics such as e-books, filtering, library organization websites, legal issues, and library statistics.