Library Website Hall of Fame
Is there a library website with which you are particularly impressed? You can put a link to it here -- with some comments if you'd like.
- Augustana College Tredway Library
- BYU Harold B. Lee Library
- California State University, Fresno
- California State University San Marcos
- The Claremont Colleges
- College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John's University
- Cornell University Library
- Emerson College Library
- Georgia State University Library
- Harvard Business School Baker Library
- Ithaca College Library
- MIT Libraries
- North Carolina State University Libraries
- the University of Connecticut Research Database Locator
- UCLA Library
- University of California Riverside Libraries
- University of Minnesota Libraries
- University of Notre Dame Libraries
- University of Oklahoma Libraries
- University of Saskatchewan Library
- University of Southern California
- University of Texas libraries
- University of Washington Libraries
- Western Michigan University Libraries
- Williams College Library
- Ann Arbor District Library
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library
- Boston Public Library
- Burlington County Library System, NJ
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Central Rappahannock Regional Library (AnswerPoint)
- Christchurch City Libraries
- Contra Costa County Library
- Denver Public Library
- DOK Delft Public Library, Netherlands
- Ellensburg Public Library, Ellensburg Washington
- Hennepin County Library, Minnesota
- Kansas City Public Library
- Marin County Free Library
- Morton Grove Public Library
- New York Public Library
- Phoenix Public Library
- Sala Borsa Library of Bologna, Italy
- Seattle Public Library
- Stockholm Public Library First real Library 2.0?!
- Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library
- Toronto Public Library
- Westerville, Ohio, Public Library
- NASA Headquarters Library Site directory on the front page enables quick navigation.
Successful Re-Design Projects
To view cached pages of a website's previous look, visit: WayBack Machine
Sussex County Department of Libraries, Georgetown, Delaware - New content added, overall design retooled, accessibility and usability incorporated.
Lessons learned: aadl.org 3.0 - overview of what it took to get a successful overhaul implemented.
UAA/APU Consortium Library '05 Re-Design - overview of process.
Allan Bean Centre Library: http://www.burwood.org.nz/library.asp. A special library in New Zealand for people with spinal injury, brain injury, strokes etc and their families.
University of Washington Libraries 2004 redesign - overview of process
- Best books on usability and web interface design
- Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design
- Library Terms That Users Understand
- Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines
- 90% of All Usability Testing is Useless
- How to Design Library Web Sites to Maximize Usability
- Sinking or Swimming: The State of Web Sites in Ohio's Public Libraries
- Web Presence for Internet Librarians Notes from a presentation given by Shari Thurow at Internet Librarian 2006
Accessibility Standards and Guidelines
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- Section 508 Standards -- Under the Federal Rehabilitation Act (U.S.)
- State Accessibility Laws, Policies, Standards and Other Resources (U.S.)
- Browser Emulator -- Check pages in a number of ancient browsers.
- html2txt -- W3C's text browser simulation.
- Lynx Viewer -- See how your pages look in a text-only browser. (Requires a blank file named delorie.htm on your Web server.)
- WebXACT -- The accessibility tester formerly known as Bobby.
- Colorblind Web Page Filter
- WAVE Accessibility Tool
- Cynthia Says
- Web Accessibility Toolbar provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team at the National Information and Library Service (NILS), Australia (Internet Explorer only)
- Fangs Screen Reader Emulator A Firefox Extension that renders a text version of a web page similar to screen reader output. Helps developers find accessibility issues fast
- Free Accessibility Plugins for Macromedia Dreamweaver: Section 508 and W3C-WAI/WCAG Priority 1 and Priority 2 guidelines checker from UsableNet
- Babel Fish Language Translator
- Jaws Screen Reader (text to audio) for blind people
- BrowserCam -- I used this during a redesign process and it was well worth the $$
Blogs/Websites to Watch
- 456 Berea Street: "Most articles on this site are related to web standards, accessibility, or usability in one way or another"
- Accessible Design for Library Websites
- Library Webmaster Resources
- A List Apart: "A List Apart Magazine (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on techniques and benefits of designing with web standards."
- Web Style Glossary Terms
- Web Style Guide
- Brain Sparks by Jared Spool