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Vol. 28 No. 6 — June 2008
Devil's in the Details
by Dick Kaser

When it comes to website usability, it’s the little things that can make a big difference, not only in the overall usefulness of your library’s websites, but in the discoverability of your site in an environment where search engines prevail.

In this issue of Computers in Libraries, we’ve focused on giving you plenty of tips and tricks for maximizing your site’s performance, without necessarily having to spend a great deal of time or—heaven forbid—money in sprucing things up.

From general resources to specific widgets to help get the job done, our contributors and columnists have done a great job in pointing you to the resources you’ll need to tune up, optimize, and enhance the site you may have developed years ago for a different internet.

If you’ve been putting things off, perhaps the upcoming summer months will provide you with the time you need to do at least a few key things.

Site usability, as our authors observe, is not just a nicety, but it will ultimately affect your ability to meet a wide range of objectives, including level-of-service goals, patron approval ratings for your library, and the amount of traffic your collections, events, and physical facility get.

As you focus on the little things that can make a monumental improvement in your results, we continue to evaluate the opportunities for making incremental improvements to Computers in Libraries magazine. My thanks again to all those who took the time to fill out our Technology Buyer’s survey last month. I’ll be reporting the results in the July/August Buyer’s Guide issue.

Please don’t hesitate to write with suggestions. If you are reading this issue at SLA or ALA, please stop by our booth and say hello.

Dick Kaser, VP, Content


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