Emergency Fixes for Library Web Sites

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Common problems with public library websites, including examples from across the U.S.

Common problems with public library websites, including examples from across the U.S.

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  • 1. Emergency Treatments for Library Web Sites Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address]
  • 2. Main categories of issues:
    • Layout
    • Text
    • Images
    • Navigation
    • Other
  • 3.
    • Problems with Layout
  • 4. Too cluttered and busy
  • 5. Frames are EVIL
  • 6. Horizontal scrolling…just say “no.”
  • 7. Other layout issues
    • Lack of consistent design
    • White space is not evil
  • 8.
    • Text-related Problems
  • 9. Typography problems
    • Too many fonts used on the site
    • Too many colors on the page
    • Using serif fonts for the majority of text
    • Inappropriate font use
  • 10.  
  • 11. The quickest way to say “1998”
  • 12. Contrast is vital
  • 13. Watch the “welcomes”
  • 14.  
  • 15. Calm down
  • 16. People don’t read
  • 17. Other text-related issues
    • Acronyms
    • Library jargon
    • Lack of a tagline
    • Spelling errors
  • 18.
    • Navigational Problems
  • 19. Welcome to our web site!! CLICK TO ENTER!
  • 20. Clue in your users
    • Visited
    • Unvisited
  • 21. Where do I start?
  • 22. Drop-down, fly-out menus…CAUTION
  • 23. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs
  • 24. Other navigational issues
    • Not labeling PDF links
    • Not using conventional pages & labels
    • Not linking lists
    • Using images instead of text
    • Logo doesn’t link home
  • 25.
    • Problems with Images
  • 26. Textured/tiled backgrounds
  • 27.  
  • 28.  
  • 29. WHAT are they really advertising?
  • 30. Just say “no”
  • 31. Logo overload
  • 32. Ditch blue borders
  • 33. Does each graphic earn its keep?
  • 34. Know what graphics mean
  • 35. Learn to pick and choose
  • 36. Make sure your graphics are
    • OPTIMIZED
  • 37.
    • Other Problems
  • 38. Move the mission… … But remember the mission.
  • 39. Stop counting publicly
  • 40. Titles matter
  • 41. Browser shouldn’t matter
  • 42. Don’t limit your visitors
  • 43. Web sites are not movies
  • 44. Address/phone…?
  • 45. Other “other” issues
    • Flash and/or music
    • FAQs that really aren’t
    • Not telling users why to perform a task
  • 46. Another 2-Minute Offense (or two)