As you may know, we are working on a complete overhaul of our public website. Imagemakers, out of Wamego, is our new website design vendor. We will (most likely) wrap things up and go live with the new website towards the end of March.
So what’s changing on the public website? Plenty! Here’s a short list of some big changes:
- Updated visual look. Larger images, more white space. More images.
- Simplified navigation. The navigation bar at the top of the page will be simplified for easier access to our content.
- Upgraded Search. We are completely overhauling the search experience. The new search will find website posts and pages, items in our catalog, and items from many of our databases.
- Centers of Gravity. Right now, blog post content is arranged in categories. The new site will continue that – right now, we are calling them “centers of gravity.” While we will probably not continue calling them that, it’s a handy description of the content groupings we are working on. Within each content grouping, you will find posts, pages, events, and things from our catalog that relate to that topic. These will include content groupings like Readers, Genealogy, Art Gallery, Jobs & Careers, etc.
- Integrated website and catalog. Yes, you heard that right. We are getting rid of Bibliocommons and are integrating our library catalog with the website. So if you go to tscpl.org … you are also at the catalog.
- Lists are changing. We will still be able to create staff lists of books for blog posts and pages on the website (there will just be a different way to make these). Customer lists and shelves will be simplified.
- WordPress is going away. We are moving from WordPress to a custom Content Management System (CMS). It is being designed to be very easy to use.
What’s the new site look like? I’ve included a mock-up image of the main page with this post. These aren’t finalized yet, so expect changes as we get closer to launch! We also plan to redesign the Library Foundation’s website and our Staff Intranet site. More on those projects later.
Have a question about the new website? Please feel free to ask!