Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 4 — April 2001
Table of Contents Previous Issues Subscribe Now! ITI Home Debuts Speaker Source, Offers Free Trial to SiteSource Database, an information portal for library and information professionals, has announced the release of Speaker Source, a new, free service for matching speakers to library organizations seeking quality programs and presentations. has also announced that SiteSource, a database of cataloged Web sites, is now available by subscription to both individuals and institutions.

Speaker Source
Speaker Source ( enables library groups to locate and contact authors, library technology experts, and other experienced speakers. Speakers provide a brief description of topics, qualifications, and requirements. Those seeking speakers can search for specific topics or browse the entire database. Speakers are available for professional library events, as well as for events designed for library users. No fees are charged by to be listed in the database or to use the service. Speakers set their own requirements and fees, if any.

"We’ve already had a tremendous response from authors and library technology experts," said Katharine Garstka, manager of "Library groups are always looking for speakers for both staff and public events, and there are a lot of people who would be happy to share their experience and knowledge. Speaker Source brings them together—it’s that simple."

A 1-month free trial enables potential subscribers to fully explore SiteSource, which currently contains more than 27,000 MARC records with hotlinks to the actual Web sites. Additional sites are being selected and cataloged at a rate of more than 1,000 per month.

Web sites are selected for SiteSource according to specific criteria by professional catalogers and subject specialists, and the database contains a wide variety of subject areas for users of all ages. 

Jim Veatch, SiteSource developer, said: "SiteSource includes the useful, solid sites that meet our high informational, graphic, and textual standards. Library users, professionals, researchers, traditional students, home schoolers, [and] anyone with a need for information can now reach the most helpful Web sites faster than ever before and without the clutter offered by typical search engines and directories."

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