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Jun 01

Blog Every Day of June – Library website – Sun 1 June 2014

We are looking at moving our entire library website onto our discovery layer.  This is going to be a big job and will be a lot more work than what our current website takes, so why?

Because:

  • Our users don’t recognise and/or care that we have two distinct sites – the website and the catalogue (yes, we have social media presences as well, but they are outreach….)
  • Our website visits are not growing, but our catalogue visits are – very quickly!

Those users who are using the catalogue only – which is what the library is mainly about anyway, miss out on a lot of content that is available through the website. This includes background information, events, online resources, local history and much more.

In order to make this content available to all, we could:

  • Duplicate the website content on the catalogue
  • Alternatively, we could link to it from the catalogue
  • Make the catalogue the website

As it is going to take some work either way, we are seriously looking at how we can make the catalogue work as our central point of call, thereby saving staff a lot of time and effort.

Has anyone else done this or thought of doing this?  If you have decided against it, I would love to hear why. If you decided to do it, I would love to hear of the challenges you faced.

2 comments

  1. Cath Sheard

    I love the idea of using the catalogue as the website but can imagine it will take a lot of work. Do you have an idea of how you want it to look?

  2. Michelle McLean

    Thanks for the comment Cath. We are fortunate in that the layout of the catalogue can easily be duplicated on the catalogue. The challenges begin with things like menus and embedded calendars, slide shows and more…..

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