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Ideas from articles August 26, 2006

Posted by L Wolfe in Library Stuff.

While reading the articles for the St. Louis Saturday discussion, I found myself thinking of ways our patrons use the library website on the public access computers. While I do agree that library websites can be information portals for experienced database user, other users skip over the website to go to other sites. There should be a web search AND a site search field on any library site, prominently displayed on the first page. Otherwise, users are leaving the site to find information, even if your public access computers open to your site as the home page. And what about a link to your library page on MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, and other social networking sites? It could be one spot that circulates all of these site links. Kids are going there anyway–why not let them know your library is there?

Here are some links to stuff mentioned today:
Adding Google SiteSearch to a webpage
Social Networking Site Meta List (posted this one previously)
DOPA Passes: What Does This Mean for Your Library’s New Website? from the LibrarianInBlack



1. jkintree - August 28, 2006

Thanks for sharing those ideas and links. Sounds like there was a great discussion at the August 26 St. Louis Saturday gathering.

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