The story of a Library Web site, redesigned

Why is the redesign of Thomas Ford Memorial Library’s Web site important? It’s not really pretty, not my cup of tea. It’s not extraordinary. However, they’ve done a few things right. In the words of LibrarianInBlack:

  1. The wording: active patron-driven language, no library-ese spoken here
  2. The navigation is laid out according to category: audiences on the top (adults, teens, kids), popular tasks on the left, info and “about” stuff on the right
  3. Visible variable font sizes: click on the little “A” pages over on the left to resize the text
  4. Obvious contact info: front and center
  5. Simplicity: no useless bells and whistles, just plain simple usable content and navigation
  6. Liquid layout: automatic resizing for screen resolutions and sizes (800×600 sweetness)
  7. Quick Search: quick catalog search box right on the homepage (ok, we have this too, but it’s awesome)

LibrarianInBlack also points to Aaron Schmidt’s walking paper about his work on the redesign. All worth a read.

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