January 14, 2001 – LibraryHQ.com, the information portal for library professionals, today announced its first year of successful operation. The site was launched January 14, 2000.
Since then, the number of topics covered has quadrupled, and the number of site visitors has grown steadily. "We set out to create a resource for librarians to use every day. LibraryHQ provides access to information that's been hard to find until now – from library technology conferences to distance learning in library science, to online resources about library technology," said Katharine Garstka, manager of the site. "Our free classifieds are popular, and the News Source is a unique service – timely articles about library issues from a wide variety of national and international publications."
LibraryHQ plans for the coming year include the addition of more free services and subject directories. "We're working on ideas that will help librarians gain more exposure in our society. There's a generation growing up that has more experience with the Internet than libraries, and librarians are working hard to reach those people," she said.
In addition to the current free resources and services, LibraryHQ recently announced several fee-based products, including SiteSource, the quality cataloged Web site database of more than 24,000 records and links to Web sites. Originally developed as a free service, SiteSource will remain on the LibraryHQ site until the product is delivered by subscription sometime in the first quarter of 2001. A limited free version of SiteSource will continue to be offered on LibraryHQ.
Jim Veatch, SiteSource developer, explains that "we saw a need to help information seekers deal with the huge amount of data on the Internet. SiteSource, although it contains more than 24,000 Web sites, includes only those sites that meet our stringent criteria." SiteSource subscriptions are being offered to libraries, schools, and individuals who want access to the extensive resources of the Internet without the clutter provided by typical search engines and directories.
LibraryHQ also offers iBistro, a true electronic library that provides a single, simple Internet and local catalog access center. Site Design services and technical assistance with library Web sites are also available. Information about these products and services is available from the LibraryHQ Web site at http://www.libraryhq.com/products/.
LibraryHQ.com was developed by librarians as a free Web starting point for library and information professionals. It 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, library science education, legal issues, and library statistics.