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Redesign Your Library Website

by Stacy Ann Wittmann and Julianne T. Stam


Whether your library website is not functioning as it should, is confusing your customers, needs a complete overhaul, or is simply looking tired, this book is for you.

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May 2016

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 120
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Information Systems and Technology/Information Technology Management
  Management and Administration/Marketing and Promotion

A comprehensive guide for all sizes of libraries, this book guides you through the entire process of effectively redesigning your library's website—from evaluating your current site and understanding user needs, to creating a budget, through to launching and maintaining your updated site.

For today's increasingly web-savvy patrons, your library's website is a critical aspect of your services and user experience. If it's time for a website makeover for your library, this book will take you through the process step-by-step, sharing lessons learned and pointing out pitfalls to avoid. The end result? You'll delight your patrons with easy-to-find information, wow your director with an easy-to-use content management system (CMS), and impress your board with a website that clearly communicates your library's value.

Written by two veterans of the process who have presented workshops on this topic, this book covers the entire process of library website redesign: from evaluating your current website, to making the decision of whether to hire a web developer or do it in-house, to usability testing. It also addresses budgeting, making content and design decisions, the launching process, marketing, and upkeep of your new site.


  • Presents an approachable, complete guide that covers all steps in the process of revamping a library website, turning a potentially daunting challenge into a doable project, even for those without technical backgrounds
  • Describes various ways of handling specific steps for different sizes and types of libraries—from a "DIY" approach to cost-effective ways of hiring outside professionals
  • Provides an invaluable resource for librarians and library staff members charged with the task of designing or redesigning their library's website as well as for web developers and designers who work with libraries
Author Info

Stacy Ann Wittmann, MLIS, is library director of the Eisenhower Public Library District in Harwood Heights, IL. She worked with Julianne T. Stam to redesign the Eisenhower Public Library District's website and copresented on web design at the Internet Librarian Conference in 2013. Wittmann also presented at the Internet Librarian Conference in 2014 and 2015.

Julianne T. Stam, MLIS, is the marketing specialist at the Eisenhower Public Library District in Harwood Heights, IL. In addition to her master's degree in library and information science, she holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing research. She has presented on library website redesign at the Internet Librarian Conference in 2013 and 2016.



"Anyone involved in the design or redesign of a library website will find this book an invaluable companion. . . . [T]he book presents a thorough framework for website design."VOYA

"Redesign Your Library Website should be on the bookshelf of every library professional tasked with redesigning any library's website. It is a necessary tool. This book is recommended for academic and public libraries."ARBA

"An excellent starting point for any library's website redesign process. The general information provided in this slim volume is a great roadmap for someone to follow, and the authors keep the tone light and informative."Technical Services Quarterly

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