Creating/ Redesigning your library website: a panel discussion

SDLA Annual Conference
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010. 8:30-9:30 am

A panel discussion on creating and/or redesigning a library website. Library personnel from libraries of various shapes and sizes that have either created or redesigned a site over the past couple of years will be the panelists. Audience members would get a sense of the different software that could be used (from high tech to simply using a blog), obstacles that the designers had to face and how they worked around them, and ideas for their own website projects.


  • Wynne Nafus Sayer, South Dakota State Library. Information Officer/ Webmaster. Currently redesigning SDSL website.
  • Peg Williams, Potter County Library. Librarian. Uses a blog for public library website.
  • Cindy Messenger, Hot Springs Public Library. Worked with a design agency on website redesign.
  • Danielle Loftus, USD University Libraries. In-house Webmaster, Academic library. Utilized 2.0 tools including Chat, RSS.
  • Lea Briggs, Presentation College.
  • Angela Ostrander, Faith Public Library.
Producers: Brenda Hemmelman and Stacia McGourty, South Dakota State Library


Discussion Points:

Recommended Reading:

Paul Boag (2010). Website Owner's Manual. Greenwich, CT: Manning Publications, Co.
ISBN: 1933988452

David Lee King. (2010). Does your Website Look Professional? Retrieved May 12, 2010 from David Lee King:

Scott Douglas. (2010). Virtually Yours: Online tools your library needs now and why Retrieved May 12, 2010 from Speak Quietly: Ramblings About Libraries, Writing and Everything in Between:

Chris Peters. (2009). A Nonprofit’s Guide to Building Simple, Low-Cost Websites Retrieved August 18, 2010 from

TONS of other links are on Wynn's Delicious listing: or


The purpose of this Wiki is so that panelists can plot their discussion points and create a PowerPoint display.