Today, Pierce County Library System is launching a redeveloped website with a new look, features, information and address.
“We redeveloped the Web site for easier customer use and better access to more helpful information about library services,” said Neel Parikh, director of the Library System. “Our customers have told us that they want information they can access easily and conveniently. The new look, feel, and layout of information on the Web site came from months of gathering input from library customers.”
The Library worked with customers to learn about the look, feel, and type of information people want on the Web site. The content on the site is organized in response to ideas and comments from customers. Some of the features highlighted on the Web site include:
- Library card applications-people can apply for library cards from their home or office and start using the library instantly.
- Events calendar-shows all events in the libraries and bookmobiles.
- Finding books of interest-more than 90 booklists organized by topics, and some booklists for children are organized by age.
- Non English pages-selected pages are also offered in Spanish and Korean.
Interactive features are new to the Library’s Web site, including:
- Teen blog. Teenagers can blog about books, movies, studying, social stuff and more.
- Pierce County Library Foundation online giving. People can quickly and conveniently give donations online to help provide library services to under served and un-served areas of Pierce County.
- RSS, really simply syndication, gives people an opportunity to receive direct online feeds about events, services and library branch information. www.piercecountylibrary.org/.
The Library worked closely with SiteCrafting, Inc. to redevelop the Web site. The Library selected the Tacoma-based company for its expertise in designing and building database-driven Web sites and Web applications.
The Library’s new Web address is a more meaningful and direct address. The address change should be seamless and result in no change in how people use, view or access the Web site.