Library Web sites : creating online collections and services by A. Paula Wilson

By A. Paula Wilson

Information-hungry shoppers became familiar with flashy advertisement websites, the lightning velocity of significant se's, and the likely unending array of "content" at websites like BN.com or Amazon.com. Libraries dedicated to providing on-line content material and companies during this frenzied setting desire the authoritative counsel and sensible knowledge to be had in Library websites. This patton-centered step by step consultant is the root for growing both easy or complicated on-line library companies and integrating all elements of library actions within the digital international. starting with a record of parts necessary to a library website, it additional explains how you can: deal with content material utilizing database-backed websites; model the library's advertising and advertise companies on-line; hyperlink exterior content material - approved databases, library catalog and e-books - onto the location; behavior readers' advisory prone on-line; retain the location clean and up-to-date utilizing the editorial calendar instrument; Archive on-line assets; Public and educational librarians, expertise experts, and all these entrance line employees chargeable for growing, designing, and updating the library's site will locate an all-encompassing common consultant designed to aid them make the library's large assets obtainable on-line. stopover at the better half site for this booklet at Library internet SitesElectronic Collections and companies site. you could entry an internet model of the editorial calendar, examples of spreadsheets used to assemble data, up to date digital library details, and extra.

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By A. Paula Wilson

Information-hungry shoppers became familiar with flashy advertisement websites, the lightning velocity of significant se's, and the likely unending array of "content" at websites like BN.com or Amazon.com. Libraries dedicated to providing on-line content material and companies during this frenzied setting desire the authoritative counsel and sensible knowledge to be had in Library websites. This patton-centered step by step consultant is the root for growing both easy or complicated on-line library companies and integrating all elements of library actions within the digital international. starting with a record of parts necessary to a library website, it additional explains how you can: deal with content material utilizing database-backed websites; model the library's advertising and advertise companies on-line; hyperlink exterior content material - approved databases, library catalog and e-books - onto the location; behavior readers' advisory prone on-line; retain the location clean and up-to-date utilizing the editorial calendar instrument; Archive on-line assets; Public and educational librarians, expertise experts, and all these entrance line employees chargeable for growing, designing, and updating the library's site will locate an all-encompassing common consultant designed to aid them make the library's large assets obtainable on-line. stopover at the better half site for this booklet at Library internet SitesElectronic Collections and companies site. you could entry an internet model of the editorial calendar, examples of spreadsheets used to assemble data, up to date digital library details, and extra.

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Forms can be submitted electronically or displayed for online completion and printing. If the form is not for electronic submission, then visitors expect to be able to fill the form out online for printing and subsequent faxing or mailing. Users will not take kindly to printing and handwriting forms available online, nor should the user be expected to complete the form using a typewriter. The library should make sure that if electronic submission is not an option, the user can complete the form online.

Testing counters the whim of designers. Testing is good public relations for the organization offering online services. Testing settles disagreements among design team members, whether stated or unstated. There are several ways that web managers can test their site for usability. One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to do this is to choose a few tasks that volunteers can perform on the web site. Ask them to think aloud and record all of the steps it takes them to complete each task. Questions should assess whether visitors were able to easily complete a task, perform some function, or find information.

Webmasters should not miss the opportunity to receive feedback from their visitors in the form of e-mail. Visitors should be able to easily e-mail the webmaster from any page on the site or through a Contact Us button displayed on the main navigation bar. Gathering comments from visitors will assist in minor adjustments and site redesigns. Error Pages. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) errors users are most likely to encounter are 404 Not Found (the URL is not on the server), 403 Forbidden (the server’s configuration forbids it from providing the URL), 401 Unauthorized (the requested page requires authentication), and 500 Internal Server Error (something on the server has gone wrong) (Dowling 2003).

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