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School library websites

  1. 1. School LibraryWebsitesOutline based on:Technology for the School LibrarianTheory and PracticeWilliam O. ScheerenSharon SmithApril 2013
  2. 2. Questions and SuggestionsQuestions SuggestionsDo we need a web site? Check other LMS in areato see if they have one.How do we design it? Research how to sites, google,etc.What do we need for content? Put information related to yourlibrary, staff, and students.What do we use for material? Content material has tocaptivate your followersWho is our target demographics? Select your target group andprovide material to that group.
  3. 3. The Creation of a WebsiteYouTube is a great choice for findinghelpful tips and how to videos.Surprisingly easy
  4. 4. designing of the web pageGraphicsInformationContentLayoutAnimation
  5. 5. Errors, Mistakes, andOh-No’s• Do not use complicated URL’s• Avoid using too much animation• Stay away from scrolling pages• Keep your website simple(many of your visitors may nothave the latest technology at theirdisposal.)
  6. 6. Obey all website LAWSMost, if not all, law’s pertain to Copyrights.
  7. 7. What to put on your Website• General information• Community events• School events• Library information• School Calendar• Club happenings• Reference resources• Assistance to references• Book sources• Web links• Access to public library• University access
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  9. 9. Running and MaintainingIntranets• task more than not falls on the LibraryMedia Specialist.• useful tool for the school district• great way for the whole staff to stay up-to-speed on the latest and the best waysto do their jobs more productively
  10. 10. Glossary of Terms• Web Pages -- individual design pages placed on awebsite• Web Design -- the method of how your website isput together• URL -- Uniform Resource Locator• Navigation Bar -- tool used to put short cuts andmost used tools on ?????• Visual Consideration -- never use all capitalletters, insure links are in prose, break up yourcontent
  11. 11. • Practical Considerations -- never use more than threeimages per page, neither clash nor blend togetherbackground and text, use light background colors• Orphan Pages -- pages that do not contain anyidentifying information• Scrolling Pages -- pages that are to long with to muchtext• Resources -- different sites and or sources used tocomplete the task• Copyrights -- exclusive legal right given to anoriginator or an assignee toprint, publish, perform, film, etc.
  12. 12. DiscussionQuestionSchool Website PolicyWebsite Accessibility as governed by the American Disabilities Act (ADA)It is the responsibility of the School System to ensure that any and all websites maintained by the school and any schoolemployees meets the guidelines set forth under the American Disabilities Act (ADA).Checklist:• Every image, video file, audio file, plug-in, etc. has an alt tag• Complex graphics are accompanied by detailed text descriptions• The alt descriptions describe the purpose of the objects• If an image is also used as a link, make sure the alt tag describes the graphic and the link destination• Decorative graphics with no other function have empty alt descriptions (alt= “”)• Add captions to videos• Add audio descriptions• Create text transcript• Create a link to the video rather than embedding it into web pages• Add a link to the media player download• Add an additional link to the text transcript• The page should provide alternative links to the Image Map• The <area> tags must contain an alt attribute• Data tables have the column and row headers appropriately identified (using the <th> tag)• Tables used strictly for layout purposes do NOT have header rows or columns• Table cells are associated with the appropriate headers• Make sure the page does not contain repeatedly flashing images• Check to make sure the page does not contain a strobe effect• A link is provided to a disability-accessible page where the plug-in can be downloaded• All Java applets, scripts and plug-ins and the content within them areaccessible to assistive technologies, or else an alternative means of accessing equivalent content is provided• When form controls are text input fields use the LABEL element• When text is not available use the title attribute• Include any special instructions within field labels• Make sure that form fields are in a logical tab order• Include a „Skip Navigation‟ button to help those using text readers(Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)If the site meets all these criteria, it is likely accessible to people with disabilities.
  13. 13. DiscussionQuestionWEBSITES CAN BE OFGOOD QUALITY* easy to find what you’re looking for* content is good* graphics aid in location of information* has a clear purpose and fulfills thatpurpose* inviting graphics* useful information* easy navigation* keyword friendly* variety of useful information* categories divided clearly* exceptional search feature* strong organization* consistent designWEBSITES CAN BE OFPOOR QUALITY* can’t tell where they are located* no indication of what their servicearea is* text does not make sense to thetraffic they were trying to attract* tiny font and small icons used onsubpages* many links lead to broken or missingwebsites* too much of the same color on thelanding page* no navigation after the landing page* no depiction of any children on the page* poorly placed ‘federal law’ and copyrightguidelines
  14. 14. SummaryQuestions to answer when creating a website For what purpose do I need a website? How should I lay it out? Which design framework should I use?What things do I need on my website? What are the laws governing my website? What target groups am I trying to reach?Once the website is created, it must be kept up-to-date with the most current information possible.
  15. 15. ResourcesHeng, C., & (n.d.). How to Make / Create Your Own Website:The Beginners A-Z Guide to Starting a Website ( Website design, promotion, CGI, PHP, JavaScriptscripting, and revenue earning.. Retrieved April 7, 2013, from To Make a Website -EASY! - YouTube. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved April 7,2013, from, N. B. (n.d.). Creating an ADA-compliant website | TechRepublic. TechRepublic - AResource for IT Professionals. Retrieved April 30, 2013, from, W. O. (2010). Technology for the school librarian: theory and practice.Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.Weebly - Create a free website and a free blog. (n.d.). Weebly - Create a freewebsite and a free blog. Retrieved April 7, 2013, from