2019 Library Conference Schedule

It’s a new year and we are looking forward to the 2019 annual library conferences. The list below covers large library technology conferences as well as the major conferences where technology will be discussed.

January #hashtag
25-29 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA #alamw19
February
19-22 Code4Lib 2019, San José, CA #c4l19
March
3-6 14th Annual ER&L Conference, Austin, TX #erl19
4-6 Designing for Digital, Austin, TX + Online #d4d19
20-21 Library Technology Conference 2019, St. Paul, MN #LTC2019
26-28 Computers in Libraries 2019, Arlington, VA #CILDC
May
17 UNT Open Access Symposium 2019, Dallas, TX #UNTOA19
June
2-6 ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2019, Urbana-Champaign, IL #JCDL2019
14-18 SLA Annual Conference 2019, Cleveland, OH #SLA2019
20-25 ALA Annual Conference 2019, Washington, DC #ALAAC19
August
24-30 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Athens, Greece #wlic2019
October
19-23 ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2019, Melbourne, Australia #ASIST19
November
TBA Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC #CHSConf2019
February 2020
25-29 PLA Conference 2020, Nashville, TN #PLA2020

For more comprehensive lists, see Douglas Hasty’s Library Conference Planner website.

Library Websites Analysis

Drexel University Libraries Website

We analyzed 100 academic library websites.  To select the libraries, we used the U. S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges National University Rankings.  For those 100 prominent universities, we found the website of the main library and looked at its homepage navigation, organization, terminology, and search tools.

We looked at trends in these areas:

  1. Navigation menu items to understand terminology and site organization.
  2. Discovery and search tool tabs.
  3. Headings for sections of most-used links.
  4. Headings for News carousels and links.

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Library Websites for the Top 100 Universities

Duke University Libraries

Sometimes, when evaluating your library’s website or services, you’d like to see how things are done at other institutions.  Why reinvent the wheel?  Maybe you just need some inspiration; seeing another’s layout or reading alternative wording can spark a brilliant idea.  Or you might just copy something that works.

U. S. News & World Report’s Best CollegesIf you find yourself wanting to browse other academic websites but don’t know where to start or how to choose them, this list of links can help.  This is not a list of the top 100 academic library websites.  Rather, it is a list of the library websites for the top 100 institutions in the U. S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges National University Rankings.  Use it to check a handful of sites or all 100. Continue reading “Library Websites for the Top 100 Universities”

2018 Library Conference Schedule

It’s a new year and we are looking forward to the 2018 annual library conferences.  The list below covers large library technology conferences as well as the major conferences where technology will be discussed.

February #hashtag
9-13 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Denver, CO #alamw18
13-16 Code4Lib 2018, Los Angeles, CA  #c4l18
March
4-7 13th Annual ER&L Conference, Austin, TX #erl18
5-7 Designing for Digital, Austin, TX  #d4d18
14-15 Library Technology Conference 2018, St. Paul, MN #libtechconf
20-24 PLA Conference 2018, Philadelphia, PA #PLA2018
April
17-19 Computers in Libraries 2018, Arlington, VA #CILDC
June
3-6 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2018, Fort Worth, TX #JCDL2018
3-6 UNT Open Access Symposium 2018, Fort Worth, TX #UNTOA18
9-13 SLA Annual Conference 2018, Baltimore, MD #SLA2018
21-26 ALA Annual Conference 2018, New Orleans, LA #ALAAC18
August
24-30 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia #wlic2018
November
5-9 Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC @chsconf
9-14 ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2018, Vancouver, Canada @asist_org

For more comprehensive lists, see Douglas Hasty’s Library Conference Planner website.

Library Technology Launchpad Celebrates Six Years

Library Technology LaunchpadToday Library Technology Launchpad celebrates the six-year anniversary since its launch on November 1, 2011.  The site was originally located at libtechlaunchpad.wordpress.com but in 2015 it moved to its own domain (although it still runs on WordPress).

In the early days we posted more frequent library technology news items and in the coming year we hope to get back to that practice.

Since the relaunch in 2015, we have featured our Basics and Resources Series.  We will continue this series with future articles on COUNTER, OpenURL, and electronic resource acquisition models.

We are also compiling the most comprehensive (yet concise) list of Library Technology Acronyms.  Bookmark that page for a quick look-up of common library technology acronyms and their meanings.

Finally, we will continue to follow trends in library technology and promote Open Access whether it is library platforms (such as FOLIO), institutional repositories, open access journals, or open educational resources.

In that respect, Library Technology Launchpad is doing its small part by serving as an open access “journal” in providing open access articles on library technology topics.  Before starting this website, I considered writing and submitting articles to the traditional library (read: subscription) journals.  Instead, I decided to publish my own articles in an easily accessible blog format.

It’s been a fun and fulfilling six years.  I’m looking forward to the next six.