Designing Web Interfaces to Library Services and Resources / Edition 1

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Overview

Libraries can build Web sites unrivaled in content - commercial databases, online catalogs, community resources, Web indexes - but it takes a well-designed interface to make the content accessible, in the library tradition of access for all, you must not only consider the 50 million plus people in the United States with some kind of disability, but also users running Netscape 2.0 on a 486. As librarians in the acclaimed JSTOR electronic publishing project, authors Kristen L. Garlock and Sherry Piortek have worked with dozens of participating libraries in troubleshooting problems and soliciting user feedback. Drawing on their experience, they identify the methods behind the best library Web site designs.
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This book is intended for librarians ready to move beyond basic HTML and create attractive yet content-rich web interfaces for library services. Garlock and Piontek, the user services coordinators of the JSTOR electronic publishing project and authors of Building the Service-Based Library Web Site (Professional Media, LJ 5/15/96), offer information on web interface content, aesthetics, accessibility, usability, and user feedback. In the first chapter, they provide an overview of web interface design for libraries. Chapter 2 outlines issues of content, such as format, access, delivery, user assistance, and services. Chapter 3 presents the graphic design aspects of using colors on the web. Chapter 4, on page layout, gives examples and suggestions for using tables and frames as design tools and using navigational aids such as toolbars and pop-up menus. Chapter 5 is concerned with accessible design, perhaps the most important topic for librarians. It outlines techniques for making the library web interface accessible to users with disabilities. Chapter 6 discusses gathering user feedback using online forms and/or web statistics. Chapter 7 attempts to "Look Ahead" but only from the perspective of a librarian unfamiliar with current web technologies such as Adobe Acrobat PDF files and JavaScript. The authors illustrate their text with numerous examples of good web interface designs, screen images, and web addresses. The appendix lists online resources for topics covered in the chapters. Most library services appropriate for online display are represented. However, interlibrary loan and library/Internet instruction are absent. This book is not to be mistaken for an HTML manual; rather, it is recommended as a companion book or as a follow-up guide for any librarian comfortable with HTML but not well versed in the web interface design issues presented here.--Robert Battenfeld, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838907429
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: ALA Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Web Interface Design for Libraries 1
Ch. 2 Content 9
Ch. 3 The Display of Your Library Web Site 25
Ch. 4 Library Web Page Layout 40
Ch. 5 Accessible Design 60
Ch. 6 Incorporating User Feedback into Design 73
Ch. 7 Looking Ahead 84
Appendix: Online Resources 95
Index 101
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