Library websites can be hard for librarians to manage, hard for patrons to use, and out-of-date from a design perspective. An old website can turn off users and impede the access, use, and impact of library resources and services.
NC LIVE is offering a LibGuides-based web template for North Carolina libraries that features:
- An easy-to-use interface. LibGuides is the most common CMS used across North Carolina libraries and is a good tool for scaffolding the design and production process.
- Contemporary, attractive design. The templates were designed by UNC Creative and feature a clean aesthetic and a user-focused interface. The web templates will also be mobile-responsive (will look great on computer browsers, tablets, and phones) and will meet the latest WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards.
- Customization. Libraries are free to tailor the templates as much as they desire to their needs and aesthetic.
There are two templates that libraries may choose from. One features a more search-centered interface, while the other features a programming-centered interface. You can view more of the basic design in our Best Practices and Implementation Guide and see a video preview in this webinar.
What You'll Get
The website service package comes with:
- A library homepage template.
- One additional interior page template, which you can use for as many pages as you like.
- Our Best Practices & Implementation Guide. Additionally, LibGuides training will be available via the State Library's Train Station.
There is a one-time $300 fee for NC LIVE member libraries. Non-NC LIVE members can contact email@example.com for pricing.
- A LibGuides v.2 account with administrative rights.
- Hosted site (or access to your server).
- Permissions to make changes to your website.
Sign Us Up!
Sign up for the template at nclive.org/webservice.
- Browse Richmond Community College's new library page, the first of our implementations! Additional examples of how libraries have customized the Website Service to meet their users' needs are: Randolph Community College, Rockingham County Public Library, Sandhill Regional Library System, and Surry Community College.
- Watch this recorded webinar for more context and a walk-through of the implementation process with our Web and Database Development Librarian, Daniel Whitehead.