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5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have

5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have
I ran across this article the other day outlining the 5 "essentials" that every school website should have. Naturally, it got me thinking about my own library's web presence. I'm one of those nerdy people who actually really loves tinkering with web design. Don't get me wrong, I'm no code writer, but given a little time and a few tools, I can make, if nothing else, a huge mess good effort. Additionally, I probably spend more time than I should poking around other school library websites too - just trolling for inspiration and such. It's easy to spot the sites that only get updated once per year. Now, I've been doing this long enough to know that the librarians who built the website described above are probably working their bifocals off. That said, who is? Seriously. More importantly, though, once these folks arrive at your site, does it provide them with an accurate and complete picture of what your library is all about? 5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have:

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