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When it comes to improving your library website, not all web platforms are created equal

Posted 06-04-2017 inLibraries

Library websites are unique and tailored to the needs of their users. Many web platforms or content management systems (CMS) that libraries use today were not designed specifically for the needs of libraries or their users. Below we look at three different areas where most content management systems fail when it comes to meeting the needs of library websites. We offer you a solution that will revolutionize your library experience.

1. Cost efficiency

Most libraries have a limited budget. Only part of this budget is available for a new CMS or for collaboration with a web agency for the design, hosting and revision of the library website. Since most of these services have not been specially developed for libraries, they have to be individually adapted to the needs of the library and its users. The total budget must be taken into account here. Depending on which services are used, there are often high additional costs. If the integration of further library-specific tools such as a discovery service or an ILS is desired or if the design of the website is individually adapted, each minor or major change will most likely result in additional costs.

2. Optimal user experience

With a CMS, you have to look at two different user experiences: that of your website users and your backend administrators (your team).

Opening your digital library doors with a web page that automatically adjusts for use with any screen size allows you and your resources to be wherever your users are. Users these days are constantly accessing your library website on a variety of different devices. Has your website been adapted accordingly? When making changes to your website, are you sure that your website is displayed optimally on every smartphone and tablet? Without a flexibly adaptable website, content is often presented only suboptimally. This leads to a poor user experience, so that your users may not return to your website, but will resort to other sources.

As the administrator of your library website, you want to be able to easily adapt your website, carry out updates and much more. m. The corresponding workflows are heavily dependent on your CMS platform and your individual technical knowledge and skills. If, for example, your web platform cannot be operated intuitively, you must have or learn HTML skills or other coding skills. An optimized backend system offers ease of use for the librarians who maintain your website and ultimately an improved website experience for your users.

3. Meet the requirements of consortia

As part of a consortium, values, scalability and a centralized CMS are essential. Since most web platforms are not specifically designed for the needs of libraries - let alone consortia - it is difficult to find a service that supports multiple domains and websites at the same time. You need a web platform that allows you to create an individual design for each of your web pages, and a central place where different members can be assigned individual tasks in order to work on one or more library web pages, edit content or to publish them.

Stacks takes care of your needs.

Stacks is the only web platform built by library professionals for library professionals. Stacks understands the challenges librarians face with their library website. That's why Stacks has developed a web platform and special mobile applications so that you have the time to do what you do best: curate great content for your users. Learn more about Stacks and the new library experience.

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