Did you think that because your budget has shrunk, you can’t offer innovative Web services to your library users? Well, you can! In a great session, “Help Your Library Be Omnipresent Without Spending A Dime”, Nina McHale, Web Librarian, Auraria Library, University of Colorado-Denver, explained how you can add widgets and other features to your website by using freely available HTML code. And it doesn’t take a programmer, either. If you can cut and paste into your page’s source code, you can do it. Or maybe you want to offer content for mobile platforms–a very popular subject today–and you can do that for free too. Curt Tagtmaier, Adult Services Librarian and Technology Coordinator, Fremont Public Library, Fremont, CA, did a live demo (Curt is a brave man to do a live demo with an audience!) of mobiSiteGalore and created a mobile website.
Some of the things that Nina said you can add are simple catalog search boxes, combined catalog/database search boxes, chat widgets, iGoogle gadgets, social networking sites, and more. She also shared some great advice and things you need to consider. Visit her website to see the links to her presentation, which also contains links to some examples of what libraries have done–all without spending a dime!
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