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Best practices in school library website design

Best practices in school library website design
In order to build a good, usable website for your school library, you need to think in two very different ways. First, you need to think like a librarian. What do your patrons need, and how can you best serve them? Since you all do this for a living, that should be the easy part. Second, you need to think like a web designer. Since none of you (I assume) is trained as a web designer, that’s going to be the hard part. My advice — my very, very, strong advice — is to focus on what you know and are good at, and do as little of what you don’t know as possible. Think of your website as an extension of your physical media center — you didn’t build that yourself, did you? What few people understand is that building a good, usable, accessible, attractive school website that meets the needs of students and teachers is every bit as difficult and as complicated as building a good, usable, accessible, attractive school building that meets the needs of students and teachers. image map accessible and !

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This article discusses how to and the components of creating a school library website. However, valuable information is presented that will benefit the classroom website including: images and accessibility, navigation and usability (includes information on integrating a virtual tour), utilizing a blog, and 6 valuable "rules" which to guide and simplify the process. Citation: Walbert, David (n.d). Best practices in school library website design. Retrieved March 8, 2015 from by estherpepin Mar 9

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