Redesign Your Library Website

Redesign Your Library Website

A comprehensive guide for all sizes of libraries, this book guides you through the entire process of effectively redesigning your library's website—from evaluating your current site and understanding user needs, to creating a budget, through to launching and maintaining your updated site. • Presents an approachable, complete guide that covers all steps in the process of revamping a library website, turning a potentially daunting challenge into a doable project, even for those without technical backgrounds • Describes various ways of handling specific steps for different sizes and types of libraries—from a "DIY" approach to cost-effective ways of hiring outside professionals • Provides an invaluable resource for librarians and library staff members charged with the task of designing or redesigning their library's website as well as for web developers and designers who work with libraries

User Experience (UX) Design for Libraries

User Experience (UX) Design for Libraries

User experience (UX) characterizes how a person feels about using a product, system or service. UX design incorporates the practical aspects of utility, ease of use and efficiency to make your web design and functionality decisions with patrons in mind. This results in a better design, a more intuitive interface, and a more enjoyable experience. This book shows you how to get there by providing hands-on steps and best practices for UX design principles, practices, and tools to engage with patrons online and build the best web presence for your library. You ll find out how to conduct a usability test, perform a card sort, make decisions on how to build the architecture of your site, create personas as a cornerstone of your website planning process, create a content strategy, and perform an experience-based evaluation of your site.

Optimizing Discovery Systems to Improve User Experience: The Innovative Librarian's Guide

Optimizing Discovery Systems to Improve User Experience: The Innovative Librarian's Guide

Two authors with more than 40 years of combined library experience tap into their wealth of knowledge about discovery and user experience, sharing proven methods for setting up, promoting, and teaching their own discovery systems. • Provides a comprehensive guide that helps librarians make a library discovery system work better for their specific community • Examines how system design and careful fine-tuning can greatly improve system efficacy • Explains how usability and user experience studies should be used to assess and evaluate system performance • Describes how to use UX data to inform tutorials and instruction for more efficient patron research

Web Site Design with the Patron in Mind

A-Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries

Web Site Design with the Patron in Mind

A guide to designing library Web sites covers such topics as defining Web site goals, writing a mission statement, and what to put on the home page.

Library Information Systems, 2nd Edition

Library Information Systems, 2nd Edition

Information systems are central to libraries, and managing information systems is critical to serving library communities. Both a textbook for LIS courses and a handbook for practitioners, this volume thoroughly addresses modern libraries' challenges of integrating information technology. • Covers all aspects of library information systems within a broad context • Written to be easily understandable and informative to a wide readership, including LIS students, library administrators, and managers, regardless of technical background or knowledge • Fully addresses current practice while also offering a glimpse into future trends in this quickly changing field, helping practitioners and future practitioners keep abreast of the field • Perfectly suited as a text for courses in LIS and as an everyday reference for practitioners

Next-gen Library Redesign

Next-gen Library Redesign

No.16 in The Tech Set. While technology has changed what we do and how we do it, the library's mission to provide users with teh information they need hs not changed. This concise guide will help you choose and implement the techniques and best practices used by today's forward-thinking libraries to create the best possible patron experiences.

Understanding Your Users

A Practical Guide to User Requirements Methods, Tools, and Techniques

Understanding Your Users

"Understanding Your Users is an easy to read, easy to implement, how-to guide on usability in the real world. It focuses on the "user requirements gathering" stage of product development and it provides a variety of techniques, many of which may be new to usability professionals. For each technique, readers will learn how to prepare for and conduct the activity, as well as analyze and present the data - all in a practical and hands-on way. The techniques can be used together to form a complete picture of the users' requirements or they can be used separately to address specific product questions. These methods have helped product teams understand the value of user requirements gathering by providing insight into how users work and what they need to be successful at their tasks."--BOOK JACKET.

Using Web Analytics in the Library

Using Web Analytics in the Library

Libraries are delivering an ever-increasing proportion of their services through the web, a trend that seems certain to continue. In order to guide purchases and appropriately distribute services and staff time, it's essential that libraries and librarians accurately track the usage of their websites and online resources.

Content and Workflow Management for Library Web Sites

Case Studies

Content and Workflow Management for Library Web Sites

Using database-driven web pages or web content management (WCM) systems to manage increasingly diverse web content and to streamline workflows is a commonly practiced solution recognized in libraries to-day. However, limited library web content management models and funding constraints prevent many libraries from purchasing commercially available WCM systems. And, the lack of much needed technical expertise in building in-house WCM systems presents a great challenge for libraries of all types. Content and Workflow Management for Library Websites: Case Studies provides practical and applicable web content management solutions through case studies. It contains successful database-to-web applications as employed in a variety of academic libraries. The applications vary in scope and cover a range of practical how-to-do-it examples from database-driven web development, locally created web content management systems, systems for distributing content management responsibilities, dynamic content delivery, to open source tools, such as MySQL and PHP to manage the content. Issues and challenges associated with the development process are discussed. Authors will also discuss detours, sand traps, and missteps necessary to a real learning process.