On November 10, we had a different kind of webinar here at TechSoup called Short Evaluations of Real Websites. During the hour, web design experts Susanne Hempel and Steve Williams (both from SAP, a donor partner of TechSoup) took a look at four websites from various organizations around the country.
A well-designed, up-to-date website is critical for a library of any size. Your patrons rely on your website for basic information about your library, such as directions to a branch or upcoming events. They also may go to your website hoping to search an online public access catalog (OPAC), download an e-book, or browse an online exhibit. A content management system, or CMS, can help you provide these services and manage them effectively, whether you have a volunteer managing your site or an entire department doing so.
A CMS is essentially a software package that lets you create and edit website content — including text, pictures, menus, and more — without having to know how to write code.