Yes, we have updated our website. And we did it with the help of many of you in the community. So thank you for helping to make it possible and thank you (in advance) to the many individuals we hope will share their feedback to make it even better. It is just getting started! It will grow and develop over time, your input will help make it great.
Although there are a lot of pretty pictures (which are nice too!) the core of our mission with the new website was to improve the function not only for today but for the future.
According to the Pew Research Center nearly 2/3 of all Americans own a smart phone. We needed our site to be more friendly to our mobile users so our new site is responsive, easily adapting to every device from phone to tablet to desktop for maximum readability. Our mobile site and app were nice but as they were separate from the main site which made it challenging to keep all three in sync. Now with the new site we can make an update and know all of our users are getting the same information at the same time.
Being fiscally responsible is always at the top of our to do list. Our new website was created with free open source software, making it a better financial choice for the library. We built it using Drupal which is one of the top three website management tools (in terms of usage). Many libraries use Drupal because it is supported by an active community of software developers who help each other as well as the software. Drupal is used not only by libraries but also by Harvard, MIT, the White House, the BBC and the Musée du Louvre.
One important update with our new website is a new calendaring feature, which will allow multiple staff the ability to edit quickly, keeping our information accurate and up-to-date. In addition we previously needed to subscribe to a separate service for our calendar and now we can do it all in house which will also help us to save even more money long term.
And finally something we heard over and over as we discussed the new website with our different communities was that people wanted more opportunities to showcase their libraries. Our new website has more focus on our individual locations, giving each library the ability to show the personality of their community.
We hope you enjoy the new website and we welcome your feedback.