Redesigning a web site in-house to improve information literacy: experiences of a small library

Humbert, S. I. and Tilley, E. A. (2006) Redesigning a web site in-house to improve information literacy: experiences of a small library. Program, 40 (4). pp. 346-360. DOI

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The paper aims to provide advice, suggestions and encouragement for small budget-restricted libraries contemplating the need for web site redesign where an underlying goal for improving users' information literacy is a key factor. Design/methodology/approach - The initial planning is set within the context of a broader project examining user education in the library, with a set of desired outcomes, based on user surveys, resulting in the web site as one focus. Project planning techniques employed are described. Information architecture is used as a basis for research, planning, design and implementation of a redesigned web site. Accessibility and usability were predominant in the minds of the designers. The process of redesign is set firmly within a context of little or no actual funds available, and a small, subject-specific, active user-base. The case for providing a complementary information literacy programme is highlighted, given the nature of the initial project. Findings - A redesigned accessible, user-driven web site in a small library is possible despite few resources. Originality/value - This paper provides a focus for staff in small libraries that may lack funds and who need guidance and practical help in redesigning their web sites. It suggests a structure on which to base the process, and conclusions about the limitations and problems encountered from which others may learn.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2006 AREP IA52 2006 P
Subjects: 99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: Program
Volume: 40
Page Range: pp. 346-360
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 10:43

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