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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Am I a library traitor? Seduced by Netflix

I just became a Netflix member and purchased a Roku box to stream directly to my TV.   Result? I no longer go to my public library for movies.  I also recently moved to a town with a very small library that does not get the newest books fast enough, and there is a lovely independent bookstore…

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Top 10 Public Library Websites

This post is a follow-up to my previous post “Top 10 Academic Library websites.”  Though I work in an academic library, I believe there is much to be learned from looking at public library sites, especially because of their focus on user services. Here are my top 10 favorite public library websites: 1)  Johnson County…

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Top 10 Academic Library Websites

At my library we are currently in the midst of a major re-design of our website and search interfaces.  Because of this, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with looking at library websites.  What are other libraries getting right?  How do they steer people to resources? How do they answer questions? How do they collect feedback?  With…

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