Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1
http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/webdesign.cfm
An ACRL Online Seminar
July 14 – August 8, 2008

Registration is now open!

(Registered participants, log into Moodle here. Trouble accessing Moodle? Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org.)

Course Description:
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1. is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as they feel necessary. Specific material and activities are expected to be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums will be available for use in activities and other course-related conversations.

Weekly Schedule

* Week 1: User Centered Design: Needs Assessment and Design Planning
* Week 2: Review of HTML/XHTML and CSS Standards
* Week 3: Creating Draft Organizer Page
* Week 4: Final Project: Validating XHTML, CSS (External), and Accessibility Standards

This seminar will be delivered through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand and apply Web Standards
* Plan and design a Web site for Usability and Accessibility for selected users/groups.
* Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
* Use DreamWeaver or a text editor (MX2004 or higher preferred) to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. You may use FrontPage if you already know what you are doing with it.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan, design, and a main Web page illustrating how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Course Materials:
All of the required readings and activities for the course will be available on-line but it will be useful to have available the references in the Recommended Materials listed below.

* Graph Paper for laying out CSS design.
* Freeman, Elizabeth and Eric (2005). * Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-10197-X
* Niederst, Jennifer (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9
* Meyer, Eric (2007). CSS Pocket Reference, 3rd. Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN 10: 0-596-51505-7 | ISBN 13:9780596515058 (9.99 list price)
* Bickner, Carrie. (2004) Web Design on a Shoestring. New Riders Publishing: Boston ISBN 0-7357-1328-6
* Donald Norman (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books ISBN: 0-385-26774-6
* Jennifer Niederst (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9

*Strongly recommended for those students who come to class with no HTML experience.

Audience:
Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Experience working with the academic library patrons in any subject area chosen is assumed. Level of instruction is intermediate in regard to academic library experience, beginner in regard to XHTML/CSS and Web design experience.

Participants must understand paths — directories or folders and where files are saved — in a Windows or Mac OS environment. FTP or other experience uploading Web pages to a Web server will be expected. Some basic assistance will be provided.

Instructor:
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

The instructor has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 14 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program. She is the author of The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004) and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments by Kovacs, Diane K. Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)

More information on Diane Kovacs

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week to:

* Read the online seminar material
* Post to online discussion boards
* Complete activities, which will result in a basic draft academic library oriented Web site
* Complete a seminar evaluation form

Registration
ACRL member: $150
ALA member: $195
CACUL member: Can $205 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $205
Student: $65

or

1. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (beginners)
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html
Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

2. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
Pre-Requisite Web Design & Construction Part 1: First Steps Toward Library 2.0 (beginners) or the consent of the Instructor. Consent of the instructor will require proof of a completed xhtml standard CSS external page with CSS and XHTML validated icons on it that work.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

Diane K. Kovacs, Web Teacher – http://kovacs.com
LIS590lwl Web Design and Construction for Organizations – UIUC GSLIS LEEP Summer 2008
http://courses.lis.uiuc.edu/course/view.php?id=446
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1:  XHTML and CSS (beginners)
http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart2.html
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 3: Building Library 2.0 (advanced)
(contact the teacher to be notified when this course is ready)
diane@kovacs.com or diane.kovacs@gmail.com (Gtalk or e-mail) AIM & Yahoo:  SaintsMrsDi – MSN – diane@kovacs.com Di Wind in Second Life

Web Design and Construction for Libraries Web-based Courses

Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (beginners)
This hands-on course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. The course begins with XHTML/HTML basics tutorials and a practice activity to make sure everyone has the basic skills. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

or register through ACRL:

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1

An ACRL Online Seminar
July 14 – August 8, 2008

Registration is now open!

(Registered participants, log into Moodle here. Trouble accessing Moodle? Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org.)

Course Description:
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1. is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as they feel necessary. Specific material and activities are expected to be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums will be available for use in activities and other course-related conversations.

Weekly Schedule

* Week 1: User Centered Design: Needs Assessment and Design Planning
* Week 2: Review of HTML/XHTML and CSS Standards
* Week 3: Creating Draft Organizer Page
* Week 4: Final Project: Validating XHTML, CSS (External), and Accessibility Standards

This seminar will be delivered through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand and apply Web Standards
* Plan and design a Web site for Usability and Accessibility for selected users/groups.
* Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
* Use DreamWeaver or a text editor (MX2004 or higher preferred) to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. You may use FrontPage if you already know what you are doing with it.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan, design, and a main Web page illustrating how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Course Materials:
All of the required readings and activities for the course will be available on-line but it will be useful to have available the references in the Recommended Materials listed below.

* Graph Paper for laying out CSS design.
* Freeman, Elizabeth and Eric (2005). * Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-10197-X
* Niederst, Jennifer (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9
* Meyer, Eric (2007). CSS Pocket Reference, 3rd. Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN 10: 0-596-51505-7 | ISBN 13:9780596515058 (9.99 list price)
* Bickner, Carrie. (2004) Web Design on a Shoestring. New Riders Publishing: Boston ISBN 0-7357-1328-6
* Donald Norman (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books ISBN: 0-385-26774-6
* Jennifer Niederst (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9

*Strongly recommended for those students who come to class with no HTML experience.

Audience:
Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Experience working with the academic library patrons in any subject area chosen is assumed. Level of instruction is intermediate in regard to academic library experience, beginner in regard to XHTML/CSS and Web design experience.

Participants must understand paths — directories or folders and where files are saved — in a Windows or Mac OS environment. FTP or other experience uploading Web pages to a Web server will be expected. Some basic assistance will be provided.

Instructor:
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

The instructor has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 14 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program. She is the author of The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004) and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments by Kovacs, Diane K. Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)

More information on Diane Kovacs

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week to:

* Read the online seminar material
* Post to online discussion boards
* Complete activities, which will result in a basic draft academic library oriented Web site
* Complete a seminar evaluation form

Registration
ACRL member: $150
ALA member: $195
CACUL member: Can $205 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $205
Student: $65

2. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
Pre-Requisite Web Design & Construction Part 1: First Steps Toward Library 2.0 (beginners) or the consent of the Instructor. Consent of the instructor will require proof of a completed xhtml standard CSS external page with CSS and XHTML validated icons on it that work.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1

Register for now for the ACRL e-learning course, “Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1,” to be offered April 21 – May 16, 2008.

ABOUT THE COURSE
This four-week course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development, with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However, XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

“Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1″ is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and design a Web site for usability and accessibility for selected users/groups.
  • Understand and apply Web standards.
  • Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
  • Use DreamWeaver (MX2004 or higher preferred) or a text editor to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. Participants may use FrontPage if they are already trained in and using the software.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan and design, and a main Web page that illustrates how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

INSTRUCTOR
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting, has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 13 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program.

AUDIENCE

Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

REGISTRATION
Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit:

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/webdesign1.cfm