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  1. 1. No Coding Required Basic Library Website DevelopmentPoster Session, Association of Christian Librarians Annual Conference June 13, 2012 Robbie Bolton, Assistant Library Director Karen Parsons, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian White Library, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI 1
  2. 2. AbstractFor many small to mid-size libraries, having a“web person” or the IT support to create a well-designed and functional library website is aluxury. Using web 2.0 tools, namely Wordpressblogging software, librarians can create a qualitylibrary website, with little if any knowledge ofprogramming code. If a librarian can uploadposts and photos to Facebook, they can create aWordpress site – no coding required. 2
  3. 3. Why Wordpress?• Easy to use• Affordable (i.e., free or mostly free)• Pre-designed “themes”• Multiple users can manage content• Ready-made “Plug-ins” can be added to your site• Knowledge of HTML or another coding language is not a necessity. 3
  4. 4. (1) Add a title to your post (3) Add links or insert photo(2) Add your content (4) Publish your post 4
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  6. 6. Libraries and Web Design• Often library websites are guilty of including too much information leading to a cluttered look• Cluttered design hides quality information• Less is more. Open space is your friend. Just because you have space doesn’t mean you have to use it. 6
  7. 7. Words have Consequences• Design matters, but so does vocabulary• Librarian jargon often doesn’t communicate effectively with our patrons• Words like: database, catalog, periodical, index, abstract, hav e little or no meaning for our users.• Use natural, or plain, language on your library website. “Find Books” or “Finding the books”• DO: use words “such as Book or Article, that correspond to the end product the user is seeking” 7
  8. 8. Our attempt at employing a simple, clean design using as much “natural language” as weare comfortable with. We really can’t take credit for the design as it is just a Wordpresstheme we selected. 8
  9. 9. BibliographyGoldberg, Beverly. 2011. “WordPress as a Library CMS.” accessed June 8, 2012,, Kyle M. L., and Polly-Alida Farrington. 2011. Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System. ALA TechSource.Jones, Kyle M., and Polly-Alida Farrington. 2012. Learning from Libraries That Use Wordpress: Content- management System Best Practices and Case Studies. American Library Association.Kupersmith, John. 2012. Library Terms That Users Understand. UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley Library, accessed June 8, 2012,, Steve. 2005. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition. 2nd ed. New Riders Press.McKay, Dana. 2011. “This is not a test: user-oriented evaluation of the digital academic library.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, Berlin, Germany, September 26-28.Wordpress & Libraries Facebook group, accessed June 8, 2012,“” WordPress. 9
  10. 10. Questions/Contact InfoRobbie Bolton Karen ParsonsAssistant Library Director Reference/InformationWhite Library Literacy LibrarianSpring Arbor University White Spring Arbor University517 750 6434 kparsons@arbor.edutwitter: @robbiebolton 517 750 6436 10