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Rodman Kids

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Rodman Kids

  1. 1. -or- How You Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Library’s Web Site?
  2. 2. The State of the State’s Kid Pages
  3. 3. The State of the State’s Kid Pages
  4. 4. The State of the State’s Kid Pages
  5. 5. Old Site
  6. 6. Why Redesign? <ul><li>Kids aren’t going to come to library site to go to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>With tools like Google, why use lengthy lists of links on library site? </li></ul><ul><li>Time to maintain list of links better spent developing local content </li></ul>
  7. 7. Goals of the Redesign <ul><li>Keep kids on local site </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight local events for kids </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy to find new library materials </li></ul><ul><li>Make it “Kid Friendly” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Steps to Redesign <ul><li>Look at other sites </li></ul><ul><li>Find examples of what you like and don’t like </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use clipart if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Use bright colors </li></ul><ul><li>Keep words to a minimum </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate library materials into site </li></ul>
  9. 9. Inspiration
  10. 10. Redesign Philosophy <ul><li>KISS </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Change info frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Make the site interactive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT busy </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Redesign Tools <ul><li>Web standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XHTML/HTML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cascading Style Sheets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Javascript </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photoshop Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paint Shop Pro </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Redesigning on a Shoestring <ul><li>Learn basics of HTML & CSS </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends with a talented graphic artist </li></ul><ul><li>Use free “stuff” from others </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to work diligently on content </li></ul>
  13. 13. Web Page Components <ul><li>Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics & Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Games & Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Book Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Help and Parent/Teachers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Branding <ul><li>Logo </li></ul><ul><li>Site Address </li></ul><ul><li>Mascot </li></ul>
  15. 15. Graphics & Color
  16. 17. Games & Interactivity
  17. 18. Games & Interactivity CSS hover buttons
  18. 19. Games & Interactivity Javascript word game highlighting Alliance
  19. 20. Games & Interactivity Tie-in to Dial a Story phone service with link to catalog and MP3 version
  20. 21. Book Reviews
  21. 22. Book Reviews Branding
  22. 23. Book Reviews Highlighting subscription service
  23. 24. Book Reviews Age-specific titles and book descriptions with book jackets and links to catalog record
  24. 25. Events
  25. 26. Events Branding
  26. 27. Events Age-specific events Events for all ages
  27. 28. Homework Help and Parent/Teachers
  28. 29. http://www. rodmanlibrary .com/kids
  29. 30. “ I basically knew [the fire safety house] was coming to the library because I saw an ad for it on my computer, on the library’s home page.” --Benjamin, 8-years old The Alliance Review , 6/21/2007
  30. 31. Future Directions <ul><li>Keep material fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Change colors, add new graphics periodically </li></ul><ul><li>Add more interactive content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student poems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book/Movie reviews (tie to catalog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student artwork </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. If You Buy Only One Book…
  32. 33. Learning HTML and CSS By Elizabeth Castro By Eric Meyer
  33. 34. Free Tools for Non-Programmers <ul><li>Javascript Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// javascript .internet.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Gadgets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www. google .com/ ig /directory </li></ul></ul>
  34. 35. Links to Web Sites Mentioned <ul><li>www. rodmanlibrary .com/kids </li></ul><ul><li>www. tbpl .thunder-bay.on.ca/ kidszone / </li></ul>

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