About the Project
This site was created as a final project for the LIBR240 Information Technology Tools and Applications course. It is dedicated to the LAPL branches included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The idea stems from another class I took in the MLIS program — LIBR204 Information Organizations & Management. In LIBR204, I did research on my local LAPL branch — North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional — and while interviewing Jeanne Rankin, the branch senior librarian, learned that it was part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
I became interested in the topic and during preliminary research noticed that although the information is available about particular branches, on the LAPL web site and elsewhere, it is disconnected and not easy to find. And thus the idea was born — to develop an online portal to the world of historic sites within the LAPL, so that all information could be easily accessed in one place.
The site is hand-coded using HTML5 and CSS3, PHP, and Java Script. It is designed using responsive design approach, in order to provide optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from mobiles to desktops — from a single code base. The social media features include ability to share this site on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn — from the site's homepage.
This site includes original photography by the author and photographs taken by others that are licensed under Creative Commons or released into public domain.
I hope you will take a tour of this web site to learn about the LAPL historic sites and see the pictures of the existing buildings, in which original library branches were housed. You may want to visit these sites that are part of the national cultural heritage, or support them in social media, on their Facebook pages.
About the Author
I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Classical philology from Moscow State University, Russia, a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Northridge, and a MLIS degree from San José State University, with emphasis on information organization, digital services, and emerging technologies. I am interested in theories and practices related to creation and management of digital collections, the use of digital libraries in education, and digital partnerships between archives, libraries, museums, and academia.
At present, I work at USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, University of Southern California. The Shoah Foundation was established by Steven Spielberg in 1994. I have worked there since 1999 in a variety of capacities, including assistant production coordinator, cataloger and indexer of the Visual History Archive, coordinator of international programs, and, currently, international digital education associate. I managed 12 international portals on the USC Shoah Foundation website; now I co-manage design of Institute's online educational platforms and online delivery of educational multimedia resources produced by the Institute and its partners. I have extensive experience with Drupal, WordPress, and custom-coded websites, and continuously improve my skills in website design and scripting languages.
Kenneth Breisch, Founder of the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at USC School of Architecture, University of Southern California
Raymond Dean, Professor of LIBR240 Information Technology Tools and Applications, San José State University, CA
Melissa Jones, Master of Heritage Conservation 2015, USC School of Architecture
Jeanne Rankin, Senior Librarian, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch
Ruth Wallach, Head, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, University of Southern California