Today 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.
With the relaunch of Library Technology Launchpad in October, it was always the intention to have several writers. While I have a varying degree of knowledge in many areas of library technology, I am not an expert in all of them. Nor can I hope to be.
As 2015 ends and we start a new year, Library Technology Launchpad is ready for an active year. That means more writers.
This is a call for contributors!
If you are a librarian involved with library technology or any of the topics we cover such as library UX, online resources, open access, scholarly communication, or social media, consider becoming a contributor.
Blog posts are a great way to share your knowledge in a shorter, less formal way than journal articles. Also, they allow publishing in a more timely manner than monthly or quarterly publications.
So if this sounds compelling, please contact us for more information.
Here we’ll cover technology relevant to librarians and libraries. Covered topics will include:
Links to library technology news
eBook purchasing and subscription trends
Mobile library websites and eReader apps
Online information resources
Social media and libraries
Library user experience (UX)
Cloud computing for libraries
Institutional repositories ans scholarly communication
Research data management
Search engine tips and tricks
Useful general technology information
My name is James Day and I am the Electronic Services Librarian at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. My background is in engineering and libraries and I also have experience in web development and social networks. I strive to keep up with the latest technology and trends, especially when applicable to libraries and reading.
If you are a technical librarian with good writing skills and a desire to share your knowledge, consider becoming a contributor. Contact us for more information.