EXTREME MAKE-OVER…tricks, treats & tips to keep in your toolkit to takeyour web site from mess to success... October 17, 2011 Tips on Redesigning Library Sites Internet Librarian, Monterey, California Amanda Foust email@example.com Anna Jonsson firstname.lastname@example.org Julie Magnus email@example.com Marin County Free Library
DAWN OF THE LIBRARY WEB PRESENCEAUGUST 23, 1996
PREPARING FOR THE NEW WEBSITE Vendor & Software Selection Web steering Committee Use types – know your audience Page editors Plan for new content Strategic planning Feedback channels Design Lay-out using Wireframes Logo changes Tracking spreadsheets for content creation Google Docs account for sharing content Usability testing
IF WE KNEW THEN…. Designate a project manager and a task manager Know your library’s culture—get buy-in Clearly communicate expectations to staff—stay positive Ask vendor for examples of projects with similar budget Ask vendor for specifics on what library staff will be expected to complete Plan for workload impact on staff Keep detailed list of things to check, problems Use spreadsheets to track content Encourage staff to think creatively about content; have content in mind before start of project
CREATE TOOLKITS FOR TWITTER, BLOGS–ALL SOCIAL MEDIA
NEW WEB SITE LAUNCHES 11/1/11• Dynamic & interactive– carousel displays, navigation, bread crumbs• Appealing colors and photos, use of high-quality images (some purchased stock images)• Site search enabled• New & improved tabs• Events & calendar highlight library outreach• Incorporation of social media, with new staff blogs, & library Twitter, FaceBook, Flickr & YouTube accounts• Digital download explosion• New logo• Web standard formatting, e.g. footer links, account log-in placement, font size options, about us
How to get in touch with us at MCFLAmanda Foust, Electronic Services Julie Magnus, Acting Branch Anna Jonsson, LibraryLibrarian Manager Assistant Iafoust@co.marin.ca.us firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com(415) 499-7451 (415) 924-6444 (415) 897-1141
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