What’s New @ WJIL: Website Development

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In order to reach their patrons wherever they are libraries need an online presence. A quality website once required a programmer however with new web design tools and applications non-IT staff can build an attractive, basic website fairly easily. Read more about website development in this edition of “What’s New @ WJIL.” 

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Open Source Systems Power Library Websites

  • This overview of some of the tools libraries are using to build and manage their website, including links to examples of those websites. Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and Omeka are all included along with links to video tutorials.
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems

  • A short comparison between WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

Free Easy Ways to Add a Calendar to Your Website

  • Keep visitors to your library’s website informed about upcoming events
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

Cloud Computing and Libraries

  • Definition and overview of “cloud computing,” and why it is of interest to your library
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

Tips for Designing (or Redesigning) a Nonprofit website

  • What are the steps and skills needed to plan a major site redesign
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patrons Online

  • In this video David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services manager at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, presents five ways to respond in the rare case of rude or inappropriate comments from patrons on your library’s website.
  • Path [Technology» Website Development]

Courses and Learning

Web Development Series

  • This series of 19 courses available in the WJIL Catalog for free to registered users includes Web Development Fundamentals, JavaScript Language Basics, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture and many others.

Creating a Web Presence for Every Library

  • PPT, archive and resources for this WJ webinar.


Check out the following groups related to website development and join the community for information, discussion and inspiration. (Remember you must be logged in to join a Group).

What Could I do with…Continuing Education when Budget and Staff have Been Cut?

Everyone’s budget and staff have been cut recently and along with it, the time and money needed for continuing education and learning opportunities. However, learning can still take place in small chunks and when the opportunity arises, such as with this video on 5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patrons Online. Pass the link to this short video on to staff and ask them to take just a few minutes to learn something new, then talk about it with others. It will inspire discussion and encourage staff to continue pursuing learning, even in these difficult times.

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