Fuse #8

Monday, June 19, 2006

Ann Arbor Wins It All

I bet you didn't even know that the ALA gave out awards for the best library websites around, didja? Well they do. And it looks like the Ann Arbor District Library got the prize this year. Of course it's all so very esthetically pleasing. All that taupe. The clean lines. The white spaces. A quick scan, however, shows something missing. Something somewhat important. Where's the children's site? Where, for that matter, is the teen site? They list plenty of events for kids and teens, true. But where are their websites? Is ALA informing us that we can all ditch our children/YA pages now and move on to more feng shui-ish layouts? Apparently so.


At 3:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AADL doesn't have a particular part of their website for teens or kids; but what they've done is used blog technology with tags. So if you go into events or books you can select all those items tagged teen or kids.

At 4:29 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

That is indeed cool.
Still, how do they teach kids about library databases and using the web through the library website? I'm intrigued.

At 6:58 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

While I've been intrigued by the blog aspect of their site (basically the entire website is based on blog technology, even the catalog, and if you're interested I can dig up the link where the AADL tech guy talks about the several months prep time etc that twent into this; but even the director blogs), I'm also curious as to the nature of using it. It appears fairly unstructured -- or rather, because of tags you create the blog.


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