Browse Our Categories



Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories through SEO: A LITA Guide--print/PDF e-book Bundle
Kenning Arlitsch and Patrick OBrien
Item Number: 7700-9068
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $76.00
Email Friend
  Order Options:  
  Add To Cart  
  Add To Wish List  
The print edition and the e-book edition of this title are also available separately.

Save up to 45% when purchased together!

It’s the best of both worlds: this specially priced bundle includes a print copy for desk reference along with the e-book version. The e-book includes the complete text of the print edition in PDF format. You will be able to download the e-book immediately upon purchase; the print copy will be shipped to you. Note: print/e-book bundles may only be shipped to addresses within the United States; international orders cannot currently be processed online. The download link for this product can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. ALA eEditions downloads are designed for single users only.

136 pages
Digital Download: PDF e-book format
Year Published: 2013
Recent OCLC surveys show that less than 2 percent of library users begin their search on a library website, which is why search engine optimization (SEO) is so crucial. A strong SEO strategy can dramatically increase visitation and maximize the digital library investment. But since library and archive SEO efforts are often an afterthought, they can be unproductive. SEO managed by a few technically knowledgeable people deep in the organization are usually ineffective and difficult to sustain, precisely because they are not driven by a strategic plan. Arlitsch and OBrien advocate that SEO only works when approached holistically and driven strategically. Drawing on their expertise in digital libraries and corporate marketing, they show how to mount a successful SEO strategy, including
  • Recommended dashboards for increasing participation by sharing data
  • Avoiding the four most common crawler errors that lead to low rankings
  • How to effectively utilize the Google Keyword Tool
  • The use of domain settings to generate unit-specific reports for special collections, institutional repositories and university presses  
Arlitsch and OBrien go beyond an explanation of the technical aspects of SEO to provide a unique top-level perspective which emphasizes cross-organizational functions and communication for sustained success.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What Is SEO and Why Is It Important to Libraries?
Chapter 2: Improving Your Library’s SEO Efforts
Chapter 3: How Internet Search Engine Indexing Works
Chapter 4: Setting Your SEO Baselines
Chapter 5: What Is Your Search Engine-Indexing Ratio and How Can You Improve It?
Chapter 6: Targeting Your Audience
Chapter 7: Google Scholar and Institutional Repositories
Chapter 8: Measuring Success

About the Authors

About the Authors

Kenning Arlitsch is the dean of the library at Montana State University. Prior to his current position he was the associate dean for information technology services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. He is the founder of the Mountain West Digital Library and the Utah Digital Newspapers program, as well as cofounder of the Western Waters Digital Library and the Western Soundscape Archive.

Patrick OBrien is the semantic web research director at the Montana State University Library. Prior to his current position he was the SEO research manager at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. He is an expert in semantic web technologies and their application for improving data integration quality, discovering new relationships, and turning diverse data stores into conceptual knowledge. OBrien has over fifteen years’ experience implementing data-driven marketing and risk management strategy within various industries.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

"The book has valuable information for IR staff, managers, administrators, and others who want to know more about this topic. The overall tone of the book is informal, which makes the presentation of the topic less intimidating and helps communicate technical issues more clearly."
--College & Research Libraries

"While … written with library digital repositories in mind, the concepts and strategies discussed by Arlitsch and OBrien can be applied to other enterprises maintaining digital repositories. Thus, acquisition of the title for both instructional and management purposes makes it a wise choice for companies managing digital assets, educational institutions with both business and computer science programs, and other institutions who need to provide web access to digital asset collections."
— Technicalities

”This book represents one of the few resources that focuses on SEO for digital repositories … The authors stress that SEO is not solely the domain of the IT department, but that it should be an organizational effort. While parts of this book are technical, it will also be useful for archivists, collections managers, and administrators at all levels. This book addresses a specific problem, but an important one nevertheless, as the visibility of digital repositories demonstrates their relevance."
— Catholic Library World

  Also of interest:  
Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A LITA Guide--print/e-book Bundle
Item Number:  7700-8993
This print/e-book bundle includes a print copy for desk reference along with the e-book version, containing the complete text of the print edition in several different file types readable using a variety of software and devices.
Price: $82.00
Records and Information Management
Item Number:  978-1-55570-910-5
Students and professionals alike can benefit from the information in this book, which offers insights into a range of topics in the field.
Price: $82.00
THE TECH SET® #11-20
Item Number:  978-1-55570-809-2
These 10 volumes by the field’s hottest tech gurus provide practical instructions and advice on everything from planning and development to marketing and metrics.
Price: $600.00