Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Oct: Web Design Basics for Librarians

HTML elements are the basic building blocks of every webpage, so a little coding skill can yield big gains in effective communication and efficient website maintenance. With basic HTML skills, you can add links to your press releases, customize your Facebook page, or update your library’s website.  Even if you work with rich text editors in a content management system, fundamental web design principles will give you better results.  Once you know the basics, you can deepen your contribution to the web team with skills in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript .

Diane Kovacs will show you how to design attractive, clear, and accessible webpages and give you the foundation for learning more.
Learning outcomes for this course:
  • The ability to compose basic- to intermediate- level HTML documents and to understand and compose basic CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
  • The ability to draft a needs assessment for a website design and plan for a web project
  • An understanding of accessibility and how to design accessible pages
  • The ability to use both text and WYSIWYG editors to create web content
  • The ability to create tables and basic forms for webpages
  • A basic understanding of how content management systems work and their strengths and limitations
  • The knowledge to plan and implement usability testing
  • A foundation for further self-learning for more advanced web design


Diane Kovacs is President of Kovacs Consulting - Internet &Web Training. She has been a Web Teacher and Consultant for nearly 20 years. She designs and teaches Web-based and in-person courses for organizations and individuals including UIUC GSLIS LEEP, ACRL, MLA, SLA, NEO-RLS, NTRLS, SEFLIN, WNYRLC, and others. Diane has been designing and teaching Web-based and in-person MLA Approved CE Courses since 2001. Diane Kovacs is the 2000 recipient of the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association. She is the author of several books, most recently The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines, 2nd Edition.

Date(s) & Time(s)

This four week eCourse begins on October 7th, 2013.


Registration is $175.00 and is available at http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3557