Posted April 09, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library website, launched almost a year ago, received a lot of attention in the public library world because of its modern and clean design. Libraries in the region took note and we lined up work with a few that wanted an updated web presence for its patrons.
Philsquare builds the majority of our clients’s sites using PyroCMS, a content management system that allows our team to develop sites quickly and build administrative panels that allows clients add their own events and blog posts. We’ve built our own events manager (with calendar) that we adjust and change design for each new client.
One of the libraries that contacted us after the release of Lawrence’s website was the Leavenworth (Kansas) Public Library. Director Kim Baker and staff needed a fresh way to organize and control their content so patrons could easily access information. Our first task as we begun developing the Leavenworth Public Library’s site was evaluating their current and desired content. They had the basics: hours open, policies, resources. They wanted to add kids and teen sections, a calendar page, and blogs for book recommendations and library news. We organized the content so patrons looking for specific content can easily use the menu to find what they need. We developed administrative panels so staff can add blog posts, events and new resources to the database pages. All without looking at or working around code.
For design, we started with their logo and used the colors in a sophisticated way in the menu and as subtle touches throughout the site. The teens and kids sections are assigned a color, allowing those sections to stand out and highlighting the great content to come.
A homepage slider allows the staff to feature events and the featured posts area highlights changing blog content. Social media is a great tool for public libraries to interact with patrons. The Leavenworth Public Library utilizes Facebook and we utilized a "Find us on Facebook" box in the right homepage sidebar to encourage visitors to like the page. The library also uses Pinterest and the teen section features a link to its Pinterest pages.
Check out the Leavenworth Public Library website and let us know what you think!