Usable Library of the Week – Portland Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine   What I like: Using the Library help pages: Find Materials and How to Use My PPL Events calendar is searchable from site search Easy to use search filters on Research page

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Usable Library of the Week – St. Joseph County Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Saint Joseph County Public Library, Missouri What I like: Modern look and feel “Browse Downloadables” search box next to catalog search Searchable HTML events calendar Site search

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Usable Library of the Week: Columbus Metropolitan

This week’s usable library is: Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH What I like: The catalog is well-integrated into the site – consistent banner, consistent  “Home” navigation E-book search directly from catalog search box: don’t have to be in Overdrive Prominent “Where is it?” button in catalog records Locations link with maps This site was also featured…

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Usable Library of the Week – Arlington Public Library VA

This week’s usable library is: Arlington Public Library, Virginia What I like: Their Catalog Browse feature: love the option to sort by “Popular” based on checkouts/holds Their eCollection page – includes help, and brings all e-options together (books, audio, streaming, etc.) This library was also featured by Matt Anderson in his 20 Great Public Library Websites post from…

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Usable Library of the Week – Multnomah County Library

This week’s usable library is: Multnomah County Library What I like: Prominent single search box labeled “Find everything at the library”  searches both catalog and site.  Example: A search for “storytime” returns both book results and library events in a “bento-box” display: “My MCL” links gets users quickly to their holds, checkouts, as well as reading lists…

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Good resources for library website design

I recently spoke to a local library co-op about designing user-centered library websites.  In this post I thought I’d share the list of resources I compiled as part of that presentation.  Below are some sites, blogs, books, articles, and tools that I have found useful in my own web design projects.  They are organized into…

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