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Designing Library Websites

April 9, 2010
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So I took this class because I was thinking that as library budgets shrink and staffing does as well, that librarians of this day in age have to be jack of all trades and the skill sets required to be a good librarian would have to expand from its traditional roles. I am in no way a technical person, I’m more of a creative, people person, but this class has challenged me in ways that have been both great and stressful. That being said I thought it would be good to find a topic that would be useful for after the SLIS program, therefore I looked for articles related to how libraries cope with web design for the growing necessity of digital libraries. The article Building the Branch, is a clear cut read about how libraries can create useful websites, even if they don’t employ tech people or are looking for the right people to help create a website. It offers useful information on content management systems, the design process, and setting deadlines to get the job done. All very much like the process we’ve been doing this semester in Derek’s class. In the end the author ends with, “think, plan, and do… And then do it all over again.” Creating a great website takes all of these and in order to keep up changing things up is necessary too. A lot of work, but in the end a very satisfying feeling for both the creator and hopefully its users as well.

King, D. (2009). Building the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Transforming Your Library Website. Library Technology Reports, 45(6), 1. Retrieved April 9, 2010, from Library Lit & Inf Full Text database.

http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=44641932&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live

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  1. April 9, 2010 6:20 pm

    I liked the article. The Internet Internet has allowed people to conduct their own searches and find needed information, which routinely turn up thousands of returns. So, the public’s perception of libraries and librarians as antiquated may be valid, but uninformed. What the public does not take into account is that a Library, with a good and diverse collection and top-notch reference librarians, is an asset. The Internet is and should be considered as an adjunct to the library. Libraries have evolved from shelves of books to a combination of books and electronic media. Perhaps, even more so than patrons, librarians are flexible and adaptable, because they realize information and locating needed information is in constant flux and those traits are necessary to keep up with change. The internet and electronic resources give librarians and libraries more ways to connect people to many different types of resources that, in the past, were not easily accessible. Libraries and especially librarians understand how to organize information and provide it to their patrons. For example, while you can pretty much find basic information on the internet, however locating answers to a complicated question can be a bit complex. A librarian can show you how to get the answer to your question with skill and efficiency, just like a well designed web site provides.

    Boy, I went on a rant, but I agree with you and am going to save the article for the future.

  2. ncdeanda permalink
    April 9, 2010 9:28 pm

    I, too, took this class hoping to round out my experience in anticipation of a future job in a 21st century library environment. I’ve found it a lot of fun learning to speak a new language (HTML), though often bewildering. I hope to put this information to work designing websites for libraries in the future, or at least having something interesting to say while on a planning team for a library’s site. This article will be a tremendous help. Thanks!

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