I am so excited to unveil the "new and improved" Maquoketa Valley library website! Although the bare bones were in place (I created the site two years ago when I took over the library position.), it was in much need of improvement.
student links pages more user friendly and visually appealing. The previous pages were boring---all text, no images. (For those of you who loved that page, it has not disappeared. It is now a quick link called "Just for Fun".) My goal was to provide students with the links they used most often right at the top.
elementary page, I wanted to create an environment for reading extensions. Many popular series books have fantastic websites that provide fun activities and enrichment to the reading experience. I also felt that it was important to include images, rather than text for these links. The images are more visually appealing!
I learned how to adjust the size of each image using Picnik, so that each icon was the same height. This gave them a uniform look. Each image is linked to the page where I got the image, so I didn't feel that onscreen credits were necessary.
Library News and Photos page. This page will have information about upcoming events, announcements, and photos of library activities.
a separate page for it's library. This page has hours, checkout information, and a photo of the library. I hope in the future to add to these pages with a Picasa photo slide show specific to that center. I think it would be neat to create a slide show with new books that could be displayed on the site!
leave me a message". On this page, I embedded a WallWisher wall. This will provide a place for students to communicate with me. I would like to explore other tools that could also serve this purpose. I'm not sure if WallWisher is the right tool for this, but I'm going to give it a try.
On thing I had difficulty with was embedding my Diigo tag cloud on the webpage. I searched the internet for information on how to embed it, but didn't have much luck. So, I just placed a link at the top of the professional resources pages. This will serve the purpose for now.
My next goal is to create a page with YouTube book trailers for the Iowa Children's Choice books and the Iowa Teen Award books. I think that this would be a neat way to "advertise" these books. I'll let you know when that page is up and running.
I'm very excited about the "revamped" library site. I hope that the students and teachers will appreciate it as well! If you have suggestions for the site or comments about it's layout, please let me know. I am always looking for ways to make it better and more use friendly!