|LibraryHQ.com, 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.
LibraryHQ.com has also announced that SiteSource, a database of cataloged
Web sites, is now available by subscription to both individuals and institutions.
Speaker Source (http://www.libraryhq.com/speakers)
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 LibraryHQ.com 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 LibraryHQ.com. "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."
Source: LibraryHQ.com, New York, 877/401-9535; http://www.libraryhq.com.