Websites to Learn From
What I really appreciate about the W.C. Mepham High School Library Weebly is the style. The color palette immediately distinguishes it from many of the other weeblys I perused. The most common color palette seemed to be red, white, and green, which to my eye, are not the most pleasing color choices. However, the color palette here consists of two, more neutral tones (a darker brown, and a tan), along with one accent color (a kind of rust red). This color combination pairs well with the sepia tone photograph featured on the homepage. Reynolds says that color should be used sparingly, and that “careful use of light and dark is important for creating clarity and contrast” (65), therefore I think the creator’s choice in choosing a limited number of colors, and a contrast between the dark brown and light tan elements was well done. The red accent quickly draws the eye to the elements that may be most important to a newcomer, like the welcome message, and the “about us” tab. The format of the website is also appreciated. Some basic library information like “borrowing books”, “general information” and “inter library loans” is right there on the opening page, with no scrolling or maneuvering necessary. Other information is organized and designed to look like the tabs of folders in a folder file (a nice touch), to offer effortless access to other items of importance, such as “eBooks”, “databases”, “apps”, and a library blog. If more than one resource or page is available within each tab, a drop down menu appears when you hover your mouse over the tab. Tabs also turn that accent red, when they are clicked on, giving you a visual cue to let you know what you have selected. The combination of a clean design and simple organization make this Weebly exemplary.
The Santa Su Library Weebly, while not lacking in good design, is more appreciated by me for it’s choice in content. I really like how they have included most of the elements identified in the blog post we read this week entitled, “5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have”. Senior projects are highlighted through video, right on the homepage, while a focus on teaching is apparent in the section titled “Lesson File Cabinet”. I also really appreciate how the creator’s have set up a “Student Backpack” section, and a “Teacher Briefcase” section, to help users quickly find the information most pertinent to them. “Outstanding Library Resources” and a selection of apps collected in Symbaloo, are easily accessed on the homepage, providing direct links to “cutting edge” resources, one of those five essential elements of a great library website, as identified by Library Girl. The website adds “flavor” by sharing photos of students and staff, as well as including creative titles for information (like “Student Backpack”) instead of generic ones (like “For Students”).
Tools to Consider
After exploring the tool’s in this week’s sandbox, as well as taking a look at some sample websites, I am considering using Weebly or Wix. Weebly is a top pick because I know many teachers at my school have created weeblys for their clubs, and seemed to be able to create quality websites with limited frustration. I am definitely in the camp of “Work smarter, not harder”, so I also took into account the past successes with Weebly that ODU students have reported. However, I am still very drawn to the style of Wix. It looks so clean and modern, and I found some really stunning examples (however most of these examples were not library related). Here’s an example of a library Wix I found, just so you can compare.
LeGarde, J. ( 2011). Five thing every school library website should have. [web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.librarygirl.net/2011/08/5-things-every-school-library-website.html
Reynolds, G. (2014). Presentation zen design: a simple visual approach to presenting in today’s world. USA:New Riders.
Pixabay.com (2106). Design. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/design-internet-www-web-design-web-1210160/ CC 0.