February 26th, 2009

CCPL Meets Web 2.0!

“Web 2.0″ is a popular term these days, but what does it mean? In common usage, Web 2.0 refers to the current trend to make creative web sites which encourage information sharing and collaboration. Many call it a “second generation” of the web. Just a few years ago, most web sites were merely static pages of information. Today’s web is full of exciting and customizable content, such as Flickr, iGoogle and Facebook. This new philosophy allows users to find and share information relevant to them, and to express themselves in cool new ways, such as blogs, photo diaries, Tweets and more. This evolution has been swift and is only growing. There is even already talk of Web 3.0!

Our library website has needed an update for a long time, and we knew harnessing some of the Web 2.0 functionalities was a must. Our website was dangerously out of date, running on a program that no longer exists. Our patrons needed better access to materials, information and accounts. We found ourselves incredibly limited in what we could provide. We knew we needed to change and we were going to need some help.

With assistance from a website developer, we collaborated to craft a new CCPL webpage that would be much more functional and useful. Not only does it have a great new look, but it has many wonderful features that we’d like to showcase for you. Here’s a brief overview:

Online Sign-ups – Sign up for programs online, as well as for automatic email reminders and services like BookMate. Get the Library Link emailed to you automatically.

Search our Site – Each page includes a prominent search feature. You easily search our catalog from any page, but you can also search our entire site. So, if you saw a great recommendation or an interesting program and you want to access it quickly, just type in a search word and it will pop up instantly!

Customize Your Content – Customize what events, classes and recommendations YOU want to see. Our “Staff Recommendations” page lets you select your preferred audience, as well as the genres that you like. Our “Events and Classes” page gives you the power to see programs at the CCPL branches you frequent. Sign up for RSS feed of our blog, or for program information for the types of programs that interest you.

Make a Comment – Post your thoughts on our events, blog, books, DVDs and more. We want to know what you think!

Share Information – When you find a book, DVD, event or blog post you want to share, click “Share This”. Email it to a friend, post it to your Facebook or blog, make it a Tweet, and much more. It’s fun and very easy to do.

We’re excited about these new functionalities and we hope you’ll join in on the fun. They provide a much more vibrant, personal and useful web experience. And in addition to being cool and fun, many of these web features will help us to work faster and more efficiently at tasks that we previously did by hand. Check them out and let us know what you think!


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