Crazy week means limited time for blogging! In the meantime, please consider reading Brett Bonfield's excellent post entitled "W-E-B-S-I-T-E, Find Out What It Means To Me," which explains the basic concepts behind open source and details 7 quality library open source applications.
I keep a running list of blog post ideas, but I'm not sure how they're landing so far. Are my posts informative and useful, and are they answering questions you might have been wondering about?
Please let me know if our posts have been helpful, and if you would like us to cover a specific topic. Here's a list of topics that might help you brainstorm, but please don't limit yourself to only these topics!
- Drupal / Content Management
- Mobile Web Design
- Web site terminology
- Web Tutorials / Screencasts
- Information Architecture
- Graphic Design
- Web Writing
- Search Engine Optimization
- Web site statistics
- Informational Games
The chance to switch to Drupal will give us a chance to improve our website in a number of ways. However, switching over to Drupal isn't a magic bullet that will solve all our problems. In fact, should we approach the transition the wrong way, a lot of headaches could ensue.
Therefore, I think it's crucial we plan our design process up front to include all relevant factors for consideration. That way, we will gather the right information, and use that information to influence our design choices with the next web site. Douglas Bowman, lead designer for Twitter, said the following in his post "A design process revealed":
"For individuals who are neither designers nor artists, it may seem like those who are, use a lot of smoke and mirrors, magically whipping up each stunning creation. Artistic talent and creativity can certainly aid and enhance the final result, but design, in particular, generally follows a process."
Note: Please see the Drupal Primer for information about Drupal.
As we ramp up for our transition to Drupal, I keep thinking of areas of our website that really need some love. One area which has come up time and again over the past year is my concern for the accessibility of our website. The transition to Drupal will give us an opportunity to build a robust, sustainable accessibility solution. These are five short suggestions I have for improving the accessibility of our site.
What is a URI?
Note: Please see the Drupal Primer for information about Drupal. This post has to do with our new home page design going live in August, which won't yet be running on Drupal.
I've been looking at the mockup I did for our new home page, and I have to tell ya: I can do way better. While I think it is an improvement over our previous home page, I still feel like the design isn't really addressing the needs of our patrons, and I don't think it'll win big points on HotOrNot.com (my primary concern).
In order to correct this, I decided to do a library website review to find things that I liked, and incorporate them into the updated mockup, which will also address feedback we received from library staff. Now, unfortunately, most library websites aren't the most attractive on the planet, but a few caught my eye, and several had good concepts to borrow.
After my post Thursday, I realized: Do people even know what Drupal is? I thought today I'd take a step back to explain what Drupal is and how it can help the library.
Why do we need Drupal?
To understand why we need Drupal (pronounced /ËˆdruËpÉ™l/), let us first examine our current website. We have a ton of material scattered throughout the site. Some of it is well organized, some not, and organizational structures differ from section to section. Some of it conforms to the Web Style Guide, some doesn't. Some content is duplicated in multiple locations. Some information is uselessly out of date. The site is probably not easily accessible for users with disabilities. The navigational structure is inconsistent and often confusing. Search engine positioning is only mildly addressed, and naming conventions for our pages differ drastically from section to section. We don't have any sort of versioning to keep track of changes to our website, nor do we really offer any social tools.
Today's post will be a short one. Judith has me workin hard (or hardly workin, eh Mac?) on an article for the UNLV Discovery issue of ITAL. The article should be a real thriller, easily as exciting as any episode of 24 or Lost.
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