If you haven’t already checked out the new library website, please take a moment to look around. After months of frustration with our old site (dead links, outdated lists of databases, inability to add new content), I finally decided to throw a new site together using Weebly.
Weebly is a free website tool that our students use for History Day, and it could not be any easier. You can literally drag and drop elements (headlines, paragraphs, pictures, forms, documents, you name it!) into a clean design template. What began as a slap-dash temporary website quickly became an elegant, user-friendly home for Applewild Libraries online.
Some features I’m particularly proud of:
– Newly categorized database lists, complete with descriptions. Most of the links are static, meaning that even if you’re off campus, you can access these databases without logging in!
– Book lists! Now the library website has a little bit of readers’ advisory built in, with cool-looking bookshelves thanks to the amazing Shelfari widget.
– An “Ask Ms. Herring” form that sends questions directly to my inbox
– A book recommendation form
– An entire section on Noodletools, how to get registered, and how to find tutorials online to learn how to use this great citation generator
– Tons and tons of online project guides for major class projects. If you have a class project coming up, and would like your project guide available on the library website, let me know. I’m also happy to help you find more resources.
So take a look around, and send me some feedback. I’d love to hear any suggestions to make it better!