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Wednesday, March 14 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Just Add Water! Rebuilding a Library Website in One Month Flat

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Your worst fear has come true. The platform for your library website is going to cease to exist in less than two months. You're going to lose almost everything unless you act now. What do you do? This presentation outlines the steps taken to build Lindell Library's website at Augsburg University (http://library.augsburg.edu/), including: rapid assessment of the current website; seat-of-your-pants project planning; designing a "table of contents" footer; using libguides CMS for an entire library website; using Bootstrap for fast, mobile-friendly layouts; how to handle quality-checking, improving, and repopulating content; ensuring link integrity when transferring from one domain to another; and the response from users returning from Summer Break to find a brand new website.

The presentation is a case study on using LibGuides and Bootstrap to initiate a major web reconstruction. It contains lessons learned for those interested in improving their web presence, regardless of the timeline, scale, or platform. Have you asked: do we really need a committee to meet for a year, with extensive usability testing, political wrangling, and repetitive warnings to change something about our library website? Can I just take the plunge and do it? What's the worst that could happen?

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Stewart Van Cleeve

Digital Archives and Research Services Librarian, Augsburg University

Wednesday March 14, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Olin-Rice 250