I was able to speak as part of this session – it went well! Here’s what the others said:
Glenn Peterson, Hennepin County Library:
- 3.5 fte for web services – most part time – also reference librarians, etc. Huh
- 6 million visitors
- 70% of reserves are placed online
- web application software helps – so staff can drop info into databases
- Dreamweaver, homesite, etc – much easier to make webpages because of autocomplete
- using reference staff to provide content
Subject Guides are a great way to group different types of library and community information
Their subject guides are two pages of code
Sarah Houghton, Marin County Free Library
She gets 5 hours a week to spend on her website!
Small libraries can:
- create linked lists – you make these for your library already (bookmarks, paper-based lists) – why not make an online version, too?
- Quick Searches – make a link to searches – new books, DVDs, etc.
- Give patrons a way to talk to you – like comments online
- virtual reference – jybe and sms and IM – all free!
- jybe does co browsing
- most of these allow passing URLs
John Blyberg, Ann Arbor District Library
used Drupal (open source CMS)
Used Debian Sarge for LInux
Apache – defacto standard for open source web servers
PHP is a “fun” language!