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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Glenn Ferdman, MLS (Children's Memorial Hospital)
Description: This step-by-step guide takes the neophyte Web user by the hand and walks him/her through the process of creating a library Web site — including planning, content, hardware/software, education, and promotion.
Purpose: The purpose is "to present a non-technical accessible introduction to what the Web can do." Despite increasing numbers of library school grads who possess Web-authoring skills, there are undoubtedly libraries and librarians across the globe who could benefit from an introductory book on Web design geared toward libraries.
Audience: Although the authors do not indicate to whom within the library the book is specifically intended, it seems best suited for library administrators who want a better understanding of what it takes to develop a Web site; library Web site committee members whose job is it to oversee the development of the library's site; and. of course, budding library "Webmasters" who lack experience in designing and developing a site.
Features: The book contains ample illustrations of actual Web sites that do a good job of illuminating the topic at hand, whether it be certain types of content, graphics, or other features being discussed. The book is also well laid out and easy to read and contains appendixes on "special considerations" for three types of libraries, plus templates for three different Web page designs that the reader will find useful.
Assessment: This book is practical handbook for the development of a library Web site that includes all the basic material to assist the neophyte in establishing, developing, promoting, and maintaining a Web site. The authors also include helpful hints culled from their Web-authoring experience, such as one to avoid cluttering the home page with too much detail, where to look for content, how to select members of the Web committee, etc. The book is well-organized into chapters on Web introduction, Web planning (including developing a project timeline, and Web policies), obtaining staff consensus and staff education, content development (including selection, sources, new content, multimedia, etc.), Web page style and design, and n, evaluation and maintenance.