That’s right, after a month or so away, I’ve finally updated and with news this time. If you all head on down to http://development.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/ then you can give comments and stuff on our website. I’d appreciate it if anyone who reads this did.

Some things to note, I’ve FINALLY gotten around to doing some multilingual things. If you go to Services and then Collections you’ll see some of what will happen for the live website. Click on the Dinka button (err, Thuɔŋjäŋ in the top right) and the page should translate. You’ll also see that some of the menu items will translate too. If you go back to English they’ll go back. Eventually the whole site will translate. I don’t think I have funding to get the alt text for images translated just yet but I will in the next fin year (come on July!).

Also look at the quick pick section (ignore the animation, we’re working on that)…I finally found a use for a reading blog! Noone will go to it if we advertise it as ‘reading blog’ but if we stick it on every page as a review of our material, hopefully people will go to it. I’ll just have to remember to put links in so that people can reserve the items.

That’s all for now. Enjoy peoples!

Brimbank launches trial website

2 thoughts on “Brimbank launches trial website

  • May 15, 2008 at 4:30 am
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    Christian,

    WOW! You’ve done a lot of great work and the site is awesome. I just have a few thoughts for you.

    Have you considered online memberships? If that’s not possible, you might want to mention having to fill in an application at the library (that’s if they have to do that of course).

    Collections – can you link back to those particular collections in your catalogue. Live link wherever you can!

    Can you add ebooks to your catalogue page, it sits nicely with your databases then.

    I love your use of delicious, we are doing something similar with Olympic Games links.

    Good reads – on my screen it wasn’t immediately obvious that there were reviews there – can you respace it so that the reviews start closer to the top of the page?

    Under the Ask Us heading, have the collection links in the body of the page, as well as the sidebar – took me a minute to realise there was something else there. Can’t have too many links!

    I am extremely jealous, the website, your use of delicious, your MySpace and Facebook pages are all awesome. Congratulations – job well done!

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  • May 19, 2008 at 1:51 am
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    Thanks Michelle,
    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve posted your comment to our development blog so that the other developers can see (http://development.brimbanklibraries.com/)

    We have a ‘join online’ button at the top of the page, but I might have to put it elsewhere. It seems that not many people are actually finding the tabs at the top of the page (although, funnily enough, I’ve had comments from ‘youth’ about liking the tabs).

    Collections…aargh. Yes I know I should link in to the catalogue, my only problem is I don’t know the catalogue links…yet. I’m probably going to put them in after we launch as we will re-brand our catalogue at the same time so that it integrates seamlessly into the website (you won’t know that you’re ‘leaving’ our website to enter the online catalogue).

    What size screen do you have? I need the website to be tested on different resolutions and, if Good Reads didn’t look right, I’d like to know how to make it better (oh, and don’t tell anyone, but I have very mixed feelings about that Good Reads box).

    Thanks for all the comments though, am definately taking them all under consideration.

    C

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