Web Design for Libraries
by Charles P. Rubenstein
August 2014, 309pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-343-1
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Written specifically for public, private, and special library staff, Web Design for Libraries can have you into developing web pages for your library by the end of the first chapter.

Having a clear, attractive, and easy-to-navigate website that allows users to quickly find what they want is essential for any organization—including a library. This workbook makes website creation easy—no HTML required.

This book teaches all of the essentials for designing and creating a simple, professional-looking website for any library. By using cut-and-paste templates from familiar software programs, readers can create complex websites in short order—without learning confusing HTML coding. Three final chapters cover using style sheets, address the potential benefits of HTML5, and overview content management system based websites. By using this guidebook as a reference, even those without previous knowledge about web design will possess enough basic information to create a great web page—and, with a little practice, prepare a full library website.


  • Offers a basic textbook for short courses or workshops, or a segment of a longer course that would cover advanced tools to create websites
  • Supplies a useful resource for readers with little or no programming background as well as for librarians who need to refresh or update their existing knowledge about web design
  • Clarifies the benefits and limitations of using commercially available software tools for web design
  • Utilizes a fictitious library as an instruction example that underscores key points for readers
Charles P. Rubenstein is a tenured professor of engineering and information science at Pratt Institute's graduate School of Information and Library Science in New York City. His published works include Library Unlimited's Crash Course in Web Design for Libraries (the first edition of this text). He has an earned doctorate in bioengineering (Polytechnic University of NYU) and a master’s in library and information science (Pratt Institute). He served as an IEEE Director (2010-2011) and is an honorary member of the Board of the Technology Management Council. Dr. Rubenstein, an internationally known distinguished lecturer and conference leader, has received many honors for his IEEE professional society volunteer efforts, notably the IEEE Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Professionalism Award, an IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, an IEEE Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer Award, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and an IEEE Regional Activities Board Innovation Award. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.


"Written by an experienced library web page designer and professor of engineering and information science at the Pratt Institute, this book is full of details that will help librarians create library web pages with HTML, CSS, and XML code. . . . For a book on library web design using HTML, CSS, and XML, it is easy to understand. Rubenstein has a relaxed style of writing that takes the intimidation factor out of library web design using code. . . . In summary, this book provides an enormous amount of information. . . . I would recommend that librarians who are on a quest to design library web pages using HTML, CSS, and XML purchase this book."—Technical Services Quarterly, September 1, 2015
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