Mapping templates to the library web site

Main page : Level one

Level 1 example

This would match with the ‘landing page‘ on the old university web site. The left-hand navigation headings could be set to:

  • About us
  • Resources
  • Research
  • Study
  • Teaching/Learning
  • My Subject
  • Innovation

Level two (three column)

Example level two
At level two the navigation feature is expanded.

  • Research
    • DORA
    • Archives
    • Tools
    • PG Room

At this level we could have text pages about our services, like the current About Us page, with logos for Customer Service Excellence and Investors in People in the third column. The third column could also include widgets for the @libraryDMU twitter feed.

Level two (two column)

Example tevel 2 – 2 column
With more space across the screen, this may be useful for pages displayed as tables, like the opening hours pages. These are constructed from calls to the library postgres database. The Databases A-Z page may be another example for this template.

News template

Example News template
Our current News Menu includes only titles, this template extends the format with the opening lines of the story.

News article

Example News article
We do have news stories, like that featuring #royalDMU streamed recordings. We would want some of these to appear and later be removed, while others have a longer life.

Campaign splash page

Example campaign splash page: Not as inaccessible as it loks as this has text superimposed above an image. Screen-readers should be able to handle this. The HEAT pages may be suitable for this kind of opening page.

Image galleries

Example Image galleries
We have always found it hard to source useful images of library activities, but that is not to say that we would not like to see a page like this.

A part of these templates is the lower navigation feature with its three sections. What would be the three topics/services we would want to promote here: Library catalogue, E-Journals A-Z and DORA?

The existing website has a range of different page formats which would need to be mapped onto the available templates.
1. Ordinary text
2. List pages. Menu pages listing other pages or links to other resources
3. Pages with RSS feeds
4. Pages built from RSS feeds.
5. Self-test interactive web pages:
6. Pages with embedded video
7. Pages with video in drop-down javascript-generated screens:
8. Pages with database supplied content: . An SQL query runs on each page load to refresh the page with the relevant data for the day.
9. Events pages. Page marked up with RDFa/Microformats to enable import into other calendar applications.
10. News pages.
11. PDF documents
12. Frequently Asked Questions.
13. Forms for communicating with library staff:
14. Search widgets running javascript to display results:
15. Contacts pages. Details marked up with RDFa/Microformats to enable import into address book applications.
16. Password protected pages: Examnet and E-Jouenals with passwords. Access via IP address and Library PIN for DMU members only.
17. Pages issued with Creative Commons license permissions
18. Pages for administration of the web site: enabling librarians to update the database running their pages.

About Philip Adams

Senior Assistant Librarian at De Montfort University. I am interested in digital preservation and the use of data to measure a library's impact. All comments own.
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