LibraryLinkNJ will purchase 20 individual registrations for the online, real time ALA TechSource webinar “10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website” with Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson
Date and Time:
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The first 20 members to register by the deadline of 4 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 are eligible for this discount. A waiting list is available.
A clean, well-designed website can mean the difference between an informed library user and a confused one. With a focus on the needs and wants of the library user, Amanda Etches-Johnson and Aaron Schmidt will help you develop the skills to make your library website easier to use and more interesting.
Determining the purpose of your website
Identifying your users’ critical tasks
Writing for the web
How and when to conduct usability tests
About the Instructors:
Throughout his career, Aaron Schmidt has helped libraries connect to communities using new media technology and social software, most recently at Influx: Library Users Experience Consulting. As Digital Initiatives Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library, he assisted with website visioning, conducted usability testing, and formed DC Library Labs, a digital research and development project. He also created user interfaces for home-brewed self check machines and iPad based neighborhood library dashboards. A frequent speaker and Library Journal columnist, Schmidt blogs about library design at Walking Paper.
Amanda Etches-Johnson heads Discovery & Access at the University of Guelph Library, where she guides teams and projects focused on improving the overall library user experience. She is also a consultant at Influx: Library Users Experience Consulting. As adjunct at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, Etches-Johnson teaches grad students about social media literacy and other topics. She frequently writes and presents about web design and usability, user experience practices and trends, emerging technology, and social media. She blogs at blogwithoutalibrary.net.