The Northeast Kansas Library System is hosting a watch party on January 25 for the ALA TechSource online workshop, “10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website” with presenters Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson. Â I thought I would share in case any of the other Systems or KLOW libraries were interested in hosting their own Watch parties. Â We have limited our NEKLS registration to 20, to allow for some lab time.
January 25, 2011
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Join us at NEKLS for a half day of website rejuvenation! This day will be a hybrid of live on-site work and virtual presentations.
1:00 – 1:30
NEKLS Tech Staff will introduce best practices and will help you set website improvement goals
1:30 – 3:00
Watch the ALA TechSource online workshop, “10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website” with presenters Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson. A clean, well-designed website can mean the difference between an informed library user and a confused one. With a focus on the needs and wants of the library user, Amanda Etches-Johnson and Aaron Schmidt will help you develop the skills to make your library website easier to use and more interesting. Topics include: Determining the purpose of your website. Identifying your usersâ€™ critical tasks. Wrangling content. Writing for the web. How and when to conduct usability tests.
3:00 – 4:00
Optional time in the NEKLS lab, getting input on your website and making changes (bring a laptop if you wish)
Preliminary Reading Material
Please read or view the following materials in advance of the event:
- Library Websites Should be Smaller (http://www.walkingpaper.org/
- Save the Time of the Reader (http://www.libraryjournal.
com/lj/ljinprint/currentissue/) 891924-403/save_the_time_of_ the.html.csp
- Steve Krug on DIY Usability Testing (http://www.netmagazine.com/
- Five Low-Hanging UX Tips (http://uxmag.com/articles/