March 16th, 2009
Can you imagine how new web technology could open the doors to our library and all of the ideas, knowledge, books, digital info and fun the library possesses? Couldn’t Web 2.0 help our library to connect our community like never before? It could be awesome!
That is just what we at Cecil County Public Library set out to do when our old web site began to stumble and groan. Its old 20th Century technology came to the end of its life cycle. We knew we needed a new website. And, we knew our community deserved to have the advantages of this new web technology in their library.
So, our Board and staff from throughout the county worked hard to imagine and develop ways to allow different types of library users – whether children, adults, teens, or even our small business community – to customize their approach to our web site and the information they get. We wanted to use the new technology to open up the library’s terrific and interesting books, audio books, digital library, and DVD collections for browsing. We wanted to cater to all our different library site users, and to provide lots more of one of the things we get asked for most – recommendations from our librarians. And now, you can comment and share information and recommendations with friends – even send e-mails to friends via the library site. You can sign up for programs online or get RSS feed of the library classes, events and programs that interest you! You can also get RSS feed to update you each time we add a new blog post. This new CCPL website is almost like opening a special new 24/7 web library for the whole county.
A web site is never finished. But the Cecil County Public Library site is now ready for you to explore.
Although visiting a new version of a familiar web site is sometimes unsettling – like waking up in the middle of the night and finding out someone has rearranged your home’s furniture while you were sleeping – you can rest assured that we included all our tried and true web features like the catalog search, program information, and the ability to find, reserve or renew library material. There’s also a wealth of new resources, materials and information, such as the best of Cecil County blogs, lists of community and informational links and helpful FAQs. After a few minutes of exploration, you will find all the old features and discover all the new possibilities.
Explore all the special pages for kids, teens, adults, parents and small businesses. Let us know what you think of those books we recommend (and the whole site. We are still working!). And have fun, educational experiences on the new website for your 21st Century Cecil County Public Library.