Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Building Better Web Sites: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Building Better Web Sites: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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SONG, Yuwu. Building Better Web Sites: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman, 2003. 359 p. $75. IBSB 1-55570-466-2.

Song has written a comprehensive overview of the many technologies and issues associated with building library Websites. Acknowledging that a Website may be the only contact many patrons have with a library, Song lays out a systematic approach to creating functional and appealing Web pages. The beginning chapters present a nontechnical introduction and lay out a course for readers who are motivated to begin designing and ultimately continue managing a library Website. While many Web page how-to guides of late assume that readers have already built a Website, the word "building" in Song's title means literally starting from scratch. The book's step-by-step format makes it a valuable resource, especially for the novice Web page designers. While many advanced Web design issues are covered later in the book, it starts at the beginning of the journey of designing a Web page, offering practical advice and ample concrete examples from a variety of libraries along the way.

The book also provides relevant material for the more experienced Web page designer. Subsequent chapters delve into the more technical issues at hand, including Java animations and extensible markup language (XML). The useful aspect of this format is that readers can pick and choose the chapters according to their needs. …

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