Currently our library website is the Follett catalog page where we list our databases on one tab and you can search the catalog on the other page:
While we like the full functionality of the Follett search page. This certainly doesn’t count as a web presence and we are finding with all the new tools available it is time to expand our website. We purchased LibGuides this year but have
been unable to find not made the time to explore LibGuides to the extent needed to really get a good start on the website.
I watched the video Using LibGuides CMS for library websites and began work on our site. That makes it sound super simple but it certainly wasn’t and I realize I am a long way from done. Here is how the site looks now
What I accomplished:
- Learned how to change all the colors so we can decide on a final color plan.
- Added images giving access to OverDrive
- Added Follett Destiny search boxes that use the Destiny Quest search feature. This is not our preferred search method and I don’t like the size of the boxes but this is a starting point.
- Removed all the header and title information to make the page look more like a webpage than a subject guide
Still to be done:
- Add guides! The Industrial Revolution guide by Diane Mahoney from Rochester is a great one to consider for a template.
- Add the Follett search like we currently use rather than the Destiny Quest search.
- Adjust the colors; being sure they are right for our district and our users as stated in the article 7 Best Practices for Creating a User Friendly Library Website
- Incorporate our databases
As you can see there is lots to be done. When I look back at what I did get done it doesn’t seem like much but hopefully some of the learning curve is gone and I will be able to move forward with the project.