The new website for the San Jose Public Library has finally launched!
You can see the site at SJPL.org.
The major changes that this new site represent:
- a new URL, sjpl.org
- a split from the combined website we previously had (with the SJSU Library)
- a new design, created by our web librarian Nate Hill
- new site content
- new information architecture
- new content management system (Drupal)
- a new way for staff to update content directly through a customized, simplified WYSIWYG editor
So you know…it’s not like it was a huge project or anything.
Other significant highlights of the site:
- Every single staff member at SJPL has been asked and empowered to create blog posts for the new site. That means everyone. No limiting by classification, specialization, or degree-holding nonsense. We’re all smart. We all have things we know about and want to share with our library users. We currently have over 300 staff set up to create content and I couldn’t be happier.
- Content is not pre-moderated by any web staff. When staff click “Save,” it goes up. And rightly so.
- We offer commenting as a function on almost every part of our site, and user comments are not pre-moderated either. Again, rightly so.
- We strove for minimalism and simplicity in both design and content whenever possible.
- We don’t use the words “database” or “OPAC.” We chose words that our users actually told us they wanted us to use.
- We are making heavy use of RSS feed content. Take our branch library webpages as an example, e.g. West Valley. You’ve got RSS populating the next upcoming events, the blog posts from the staff, and the newest items in that branch library’s collection. Go dynamic content!
This launch is the culmination of a three year project. I want to thank the current members of the Digital Futures web team (Tim Reif, Hilary Langhorst, Nate Hill, and Robert Sese) for busting their rear ends to see this thing through. I know I bribed you with food and caffeine on occasion, but hey–a manager’s got to have her tricks. Every ounce of energy we possess has gone into this project, and it is beyond satisfying to see it go live.
There will be more changes and enhancements in the days and months ahead, but for now – a *deep* sigh of relief. And a beer. Or two.