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20 Great Public Library Websites

It IS possible to create a great website for a public library! Here are twenty examples…check them out!

 

#1

Multnomah County Library · Multnomah County, Oregon · http://www.multcolib.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Multi-lingual support
  3. Social media

 

#2

Salt Lake City Public Library System · Salt Lake City, UT · http://www.slcpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Library services
  3. Social media

 

#3

Cleveland Public Library · Cleveland, Ohio, USA · http://www.cpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. New acquisitions
  3. Mobile experience

 

#4

Iowa City Public Library · Iowa City, Iowa · http://www.icpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Programming
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Young people

 

#5

Princeton Public Library · Princeton NJ · http://princetonlibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Catalog searching
  3. Blog

 

#6

Columbus Metropolitan Library · Columbus, OH · http://www.columbuslibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. E-books
  2. Carousel
  3. Social media

 

#7

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh · Pittsburgh, PA · http://www.carnegielibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Young people
  3. Social media

 

#8

Lawrence Public Library · Lawrence, KS · http://www.lawrencepubliclibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Social media

 

#9

Brantford Public Library · Brantford, Ontario, Canada · http://brantford.library.on.ca

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Social media
  3. Carousel

 

#10

St. Louis County Library · St. Louis, MO · http://slcl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Social media
  3. Catalog searching

 

#11

Daniel Boone Regional Library · Boone & Callaway Co, Missouri · http://www.dbrl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Library news
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Catalog searching

 

#12

Arlington Public Library · Arlington, VA · http://library.arlingtonva.us

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Multi-lingual support
  3. Carousel

 

#13

New York Public Library · Bx, Manhattan, SI · http://www.nypl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Navigation
  3. E-newsletter

 

#14

William F. Laman Public Library System · North Little Rock, AR · http://www.lamanlibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Graphics
  2. Young people
  3. Catalog searching

 

#15

Scottsdale Public Library · Scottsdale, AZ · http://www.scottsdalelibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Social media
  3. Carousel

 

#16

Los Angeles Public Library · Los Angeles, California, USA · http://www.lapl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Multi-lingual support
  2. Young people
  3. Social media

 

#17

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library · Topeka · http://www.tscpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Young people
  3. Catalog searching

 

#18

McAllen Public Library · McAllen, TX · http://www.mcallenlibrary.net

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Library news
  3. Catalog searching

 

#19

Oak Park Public Library · Oak Park, IL · http://www.oppl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Events
  3. Catalog searching

 

#20

Birmingham Public Library · Birmingham, Alabama · http://www.bplonline.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Local indexes created in-house
  3. Blog

 

You can read about the things that these important libraries are doing at Library Science Daily. I publish it every morning.

 

Here I tried to list libraries that had beautiful websites. Did I fail to mention your library’s website? Leave a comment!

Washington and Oregon’s Academic Libraries Are Defining the Future of American Libraries

37 academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are embarking on an ambitious project to share technical services resources, collection development efforts, and staffing. This is the Orbis Cascade Alliance, one of the leading library consortia in the United States. More than 250,000 full-time students in the region are experiencing the benefits of the cooperative purchasing of electronic resources and the delivery of materials to and from almost 300 libraries in the Pacific Northwest. These institutions – almost all the major colleges in the area – use cooperative collection development and daily delivery of physical materials (to 80+ drop sites). Effectively, there is now one huge collection, instead of many smaller collections. The libraries have joined forces for cataloging, e-resource management, collaborative collection development, and digital preservation.

All of the 37 libraries will be using the same staff- and public-facing software by 2015, making it very possible to streamline workflows for technical services. All libraries are migrating to new software, which is an enormous undertaking. People accessing the library inventory will have the same user experience at a major research university as those at a community college. Among others, the academic libraries include:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Idaho
  • Portland State University
  • Portland Community College
  • Western Washington University

Going forward, the alliance of these academic libraries will make the Pacific Northwest even more of a major hub for national library conferences. In the coming years, consortia around the country will look to what the Orbis Cascade Alliance did, and how they managed to do it. The benefits of the collaboration will include:

  • Ability to invest in emerging technologies
  • Ability to invest in under-supported services and initiatives
  • Cost-saving through shared services
  • Elimination of redundant, inefficient processes
  • Increased access to important library collections
  • Laying a permanent alliance for an expansive geographical area

For students at these institutions, more resources will be available than ever before, and in greater variety. For libraries outside the Pacific Northwest, it will be worth following the process, since libraries across the United States will be tempted to emulate the collaboration with neighboring institutions. Will this consortium lay the groundwork for all large consortial arrangements going forward?