Marshall Breeding created Library Technology Guides and serves as Editor and Publisher.
The project started out of my own research needs. I do a considerable amount of writing in the field of library automation, and I needed to track the relevant literature, companies, and products. The only way that I could do this efficiently was to manage that information in a database. Web-enabled databases have long been an interest of mine, and these became a way to gain practical experience with them. Even now, one of the main reasons that I find it worthwhile to keep up Library Technology Guides is that it continues to support my own research and writing.
lib-web-cats is a component of Library Technology Guides, but is designed to function as a separate resource. Data in lib-web-cats regarding automation products and installation dates feeds many of the statistical reports in Library Technology Guides.
The website aims to provide information to anyone interested in library automation. Systems librarians may use it on an ongoing basis to keep up with information in the field. Library automation vendors find it helpful in monitoring broad trends in the field and tracking their competitor's activities. Libraries in the process of selecting a library automation system use the site to help them become familiar with the products and companies available, to find libraries that have experienced similar system migrations, and to see the general trends in the sales of library automation systems.
lib-web-cats targets the general public as a general directory of libraries. Many libraries place it on their own websites as a way for their users to find other libraries. In its simplest form, lib- web-cats functions as a library directory, but the advanced search page allows it to function as a tool for viewing trends and migration patterns related to the implementation of library automation systems.
The name lib-web-cats reflects its primary function in providing access to library websites and catalogs.
All pages are dynamically generated using perl. The perl scripts communicate to the database through ODBC, using SQL syntax.
|bib||bibliographic database that underlies the LTG Bibliography and the News Release Archive|
|companies||a database of companies|
|subscribers||registered users of Library Technology Guides|
lib-web-cats has been available on the Web since late 1997. It was announced to the public on May 12, 1999. Library Technology Guides was announced to the public in December 1999.