Your Library's Website: Make It Your Patrons' Website! Andrew “Sherm” Sherman IT Coordinator Sump Memorial Library Papillion, NE 402-597-2050 firstname.lastname@example.org NLA Conference 2014
Mobilize Your Website! • It’s now a “small screen” world! • It’s time for a mobile makeover! • Can’t just “magnify” the site. • Beyond the website.
Mobilize Your Website! • It’s now a “small screen” world! • Are you a player? • Look at your website on multiple devices, different screen sizes & different browsers. • Look at your patrons. What are they using? • Look at your metrics. (You have metrics, right?)
Mobilize Your Website! • It’s time for a mobile makeover! • Bring up your website on your smart phone. • Need a new website? This is the time. • Responsive Web Design (RWD) • “Automatic for the People”. • App, Code, Plugin or 2nd Website? • I like easy. (Wordpresswith the Wptouch Pro plugin; see it at sumplibrary.org). • Let them choose (Need a switch).
Improve Your Website! • Can’t just “magnify” the site. • Better, not bigger. • Does it have what it should have? • Hours • OPAC Login • OPAC Search • Location • Can you make it even better? • Kill the clutter • The need for speed • No library lingo
Improve Your “Webpresence”! • Beyond the website. • Need to start thinking “web presence”. • Website’s done? Yay! • What’s next? • OPAC/Catalog • Databases • Other Websites/Resources
Some Resources • idealware.org has a free and good “Do You Need a new Website?” guide at http://idealware.org/sites/idealware.org/files/IDEALWARE_CMSWorkbook_11September2014.pdf • TechSoup.org has good guides at: • https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/meetingArchive?eventId=9ta429borkxh • http://www.techsoup.org/spruce-up-your-website?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=godaddy&utm_content=theme1&utm_campaign=btcoct1&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuqXBZKXonjHpfsX56eUvXbHr08Yy0EZ5VunJEUWy2YIASNQ%2FcOedCQkZHblFnV0BSq2kVawNoqwK and • Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug • DeCooman, D. & Jaesek, C. (2007). How to Design Library Websites to Maximize Usability. Elsevier/Library Connect, Pamplet #5, 2nd Edition. Retrieved from http://libraryconnectarchive.elsevier.com/lcp/0502/lcp0502.pdf • Office of Library and Information Services (April 17, 2007). Public Library Website Guidelines. State of Rhode Island. Retrieved from http://www.olis.ri.gov/pubs/plstandards/publicLibWebsites.pdf. • Kupersmith, John. (2012). Library Terms That Users Understand. UC Berkeley Library. Retrieved from http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3qq499w7