Upcoming e-Learning Course: Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1

Register for now for the ACRL e-learning course, “Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1,” to be offered April 21 — May 16, 2008.

This four-week course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development, with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced.  Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However, XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

“Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1” is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and design a Web site for usability and accessibility for selected users/groups.
  • Understand and apply Web standards.
  • Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
  • Use DreamWeaver (MX2004 or higher preferred) or a text editor to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. Participants may use FrontPage if they are already trained in and using the software.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan and design, and a main Web page that illustrates how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting, has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 13 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program.


Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit: