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 four areas:

I.  Usability resources

Usability.gov:
http://usability.gov/

Usability Guidelines from Usability.gov: http://usability.gov/guidelines/guidelines_book.pdf

Krug, Steve. (2005).  Don’t make me think: A commonsense approach to web usability. 2nd ed.  Indianapolis: New Riders.

Steve Krug’s website: http://www.sensible.com/

Jakob Nielsen’s website: http://www.useit.com

“Top 10 mistakes in website design” by Jakob Nielsen:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html

Mobile Usability from Jakob Nielsen: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-usability.html

II. Library website design

Libsuccess.org section on website design: http://libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Website_Design

Library terms that users understand / John Kupersmith: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3qq499w7

ALA’s website wiki – resources as well as listing of award winning sites:
http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php?title=Websites#Library_Website_Award_Winners

Public library website guidelines from Rhode Island State Library:
http://www.olis.ri.gov/pubs/plstandards/websites.php

College library website of the month from ALA: http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/cls/clswebsite/websiteofthemonth

“Usability in the library” – University of Michigan’s usability site:
http://www.lib.umich.edu/usability-library

The “One-Pager” from Influx – a very simple, mobile-friendly, usability-tested library website template:
http://influx.us/onepager/

Userslib.com – a good library blog on usability:
http://userslib.com/

Library User Experience – an excellent usability blog from the University of Virginia:
http://libraryux.wordpress.com/

Accessible design for library websites:
http://senna.sjsu.edu/lmain/isdaccess/home.html

III. Mobile library website design

Mobile friendly library websites:  a step-by-step guide to creating
mobile sites using CSS:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/digicoll/libraryweb/mobile-websites.pdf

How to create a mobile library site  without technical knowledge:
http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2011/7-tools-to-create-a-mobile-library-website-without-technical-knowledge/

Blog post comparing mobile library sites:
http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/2010/04/comparison-of-40-mobile-library-sites.html

Tips on designing and developing mobile website from Code4Lib:
http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/2055

Good blog: Mobile learning, libraries, and technologies:
http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com

W3C Mobile Checker – check to see if your site is mobile compatible:
http://validator.w3.org/mobile/

Library Anywhere – a mobile library site app:
http://www.libanywhere.com/

Mobile site creation:

Boopsie: http://www.boopsie.com/library/

Winksite (free): http://winksite.com/site/index.cfm

Zinadoo (free): http://www.zinadoo.com/

WordPress plugin (free) – will create a mobile version of your WP site:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/

IV.  Accessibility resources

ADA best practices toolkit: http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap5toolkit.htm

Accessibility chapter from usability.gov:
http://usability.gov/pdfs/chapter3.pdf

Section 508 guidelines: http://www.section508.gov/

United States Access Board: a federal agency committed to accessible design:
http://www.access-board.gov/gs.htm

Good blog post comparing free screen readers:
http://usabilitygeek.com/10-free-screen-reader-blind-visually-impaired-users/

Demo version of JAWS screen reader:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/jaws-downloads.asp

Free screen readers:

http://www.screenreader.net/index.php?pageid=11

http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/

http://www.nvda-project.org/

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