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What Makes a Great Library Website | webinar by Public Library Association (PLA)

What Makes a Great Library Website | webinar by Public Library Association (PLA) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

There’s a good chance that more of your library's patrons are using your website than coming into your building. Is your virtual presence welcoming? Easy to navigate? Reflective of your customers’ needs? Join us for a one-hour, live webinar and learn simple ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your library website, identify patron needs, and solve common website problems.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

Be able to assess the effectiveness of their library website;Be able to create personas to clarify patron needs; andKnow some design patterns that can solve common library website problems. 

 

Date & Time

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2:00–3:00 PM Eastern1:00–2:00 PM Central12:00–1:00 PM Mountain11:00 AM–12:00 PM Pacific 
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Upcoming webinar > looks good!

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Annemarijs's curator insight, April 26, 2014 3:30 AM

Woensdag 30 april is er een webinar over het aantrekkelijk maken van bibliotheekwebsites. Websites van bibliotheken waren tot nog toe vooral sites om te zoeken naar informatie en om je boeken te verlengen of reserveren. Door de verdere ontwikkeling naar een digitale netwerksamenleving zullen klanten van bibliotheken behoefte hebben aan websites die ook als ontmoetingsplaats kunnen fungeren over allerlei grenzen heen.

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) http://t.co/kFaNgVJm5a

 

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

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Fantastic resource, not only for school librarians!

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Cybraryman Library and Librarian blogs - list

Cybraryman Library and Librarian blogs - list | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
MT @cybraryman1 My collection of Librarian Blogs are here: http://t.co/qyTnRtHYhA lot of TL Super Stars there #txlchat thanks @cybraryman1

 

"The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience."

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A collection of library and librarian blogs! 

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Smithsonian Now Using Archive-It to Crawl Websites | Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian Now Using Archive-It to Crawl Websites | Smithsonian Institution Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Wright:

Smithsonian Institution Archives announces its use of Archive-It to crawl websites.

In September 2012, the Smithsonian Institution Archives began using Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive, to crawl its almost 250 websites.  Archive-It is "a web archiving service to harvest and preserve digital collections" that is used by more than 200 organizations.


This is exciting news for us as archivists.  While Archive-It uses the same software for crawling and viewing websites as we had been using for the past three years, we have been plagued with hardware issues and have not been able to keep our software up-to-date.  We now have access to software updates as soon as they are available.  The processes of setting up a crawl and reviewing it afterwards are also more user-friendly with Archive-It.  In addition, we now have the benefit of support from both the Archive-It staff and the larger Archive-It user community for those times when we just cannot figure out why a crawl is not working.

 

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Archive-It - worth checking out for archivists!

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Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website

Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Cecily, on An Intermittent Record: "Where does your library website fit within your organization? Is ownership and maintenance the responsibility of one department (or one person), or are responsibilities spread throughout the organization?

 

"We’re experts at gaining awareness, but I think it’s time we shifted our thinking to “how can we build influence?” Traditionally, I think there has been a lot of tension between public libraries and business thinking, but I’m happy to see that tension eroding somewhat. Libraries and librarians captured the credibility market long ago, though some of that influence has eroded somewhat thanks to the widespread adoption of search engines and the increased availability of the Internet. It’s time we started focusing on how we can convert that trust into real influence, and how to wield these weapons of influence, persuasion, and social validation to inspire and motivate people into action.

Part of that transition means moving into the marketing department. Another part is hiring someone whose job it is to figure out how to best communicate the library’s mission, priorities, and goals, to help them develop, as Erin Kissane writes, “realistic, sustainable, and measurable publishing plans that keep their content on track in the long term.” (library) (a book apart) We should continue to focus on user experience and usability (and if you aren’t focusing on that yet,you should be), but instead of an army of one, our organizations may be better served by a team of professionals from all disciplines – marketing, user experience, content strategy, business intelligence – who act as a team of traffic controllers to make sure that all of the content on our websites is going into the right channels at the right time for the maximum effectiveness."

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Seven Essential Elements to an Awesome Library Website - SlideShare

Judy O'Connell:

"Ever had that feeling there was something missing on your website, or something not quite right ... but you couldn't put your finger on it?"


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Stephen Williams's curator insight, October 14, 2014 6:47 PM

This could come in handy!!!

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Understanding Information Architecture by Peter Morville on Prezi

alpha 0.1 (RT @spellboundblog: Intro 2 Information Architecture by Peter Morville. Who wants to help make one of these about Archivists?

 

 

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Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian

Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Busy children’s librarians use the internet everyday for professional development, assisting patrons, readers’ advisory, program planning and ordering library materials.

 

Intertwined in the use of the web for work and personal use, are the myriad websites a youth librarian uses regularly to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of children’s librarianship, public libraries, popular culture, children’s literature and forthcoming new children’s books. Without a doubt, there are a dizzying array of blogs, social media outlets, websites and other online tools to choose from."

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“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013

“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Centre members Oliver Carter and Jez Collins recently attended the LARM Conference, based at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark to present research they have been conducting into fan archivists, or, as they describe them, activist archivists.  The conference, featuring keynote speakers such as Lev Manovich, David Hendy and Michelle Hilmes, focused on digital media archives.  Oli and Jez’s paper was titled “They’re not pirates, they’re archivists”: The role of fans as curators and archivists of popular culture heritage.  Here’s the abstract:

This paper explores the concept of fans and online fan-sites as sites of archival practice and curation of popular culture heritage. Online fan communities are forming around sites that collectively seek out, capture, preserve and make accessible popular materials that include, but not limited to, digitised sound files, moving image files and popular music memorabilia in what Bennett (2009) has termed “DIY preservationism”.

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Fans of popular culture as archivists or curators! > DIY preservationism!

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