Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Your Website: A Redesign in Action

Following this month’s library managers meeting you may have some questions about the redesign of your library’s website. You might be wondering:
  • What are they doing?
  • Why are they doing it?
  • When will things be changing?

Over the last two months, myself, Beth Norris, and Marketing Intern Elisa Wonnacott have been planning the design of the new website. To create a cleaner, more user-friendly design we have analyzed other library websites and incorporated best practices in current website design. We have used plain language and ruthlessly edited library jargon while writing the website’s copy. We have spent countless hours thinking about how your patrons think.

The driving force behind this effort is our desire to have the future site seamlessly mesh with BiblioCommons’ layout. For more information on BiblioCommons, check out April’s Enews. Also, watch out in May’s Enews for my article on the research we conducted on our website.

At this time, we are only beginning to build the website. The actual website role-out will not occur until later this year. Throughout this process, I will attempt to keep you informed of our progress through this blog, the Enews, and at library manager meetings. However, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me @ or (403) 380-1516.

1 comment:

  1. Our patrons are groaning at the prospect of a new website. However, I think if staff are positive, and find a way to encourage people to look forward, it will be a great improvement! I think if we as library staff let our patrons know that they will be able to save lists of books, that will be a great selling point.
    Thanks for all your countless hours! Penny