I agree that it would be a bad idea to endeavor to create our own special
standards that deviate from accepted web best practices and standards. My
own thought was more towards a guide for librarians, curated by librarians,
that provides a summary of best practices. On the one hand, something to
help those without a deep tech background to quickly get up to speed with
best practices instead of needing to conduct a lot of research and reading.
But beyond that, it would also be a resource that went deeper for those who
wanted to explore the literature.
So, bullet points and short lists of information accompanied by links to
additional resources etc. (So, right now, it sounds like a libguide lol)
Though I do think there would potentially be additional information that
did apply mostly/only to libraries and our particular sites etc. Off the
top of my head: a thorough treatment and recommendations regarding
libguides v2 and accessibility, customizing common library-used products
(like Serial Solutions 360 link, Worldcat Local and all their competitors)
so that they are most usable and accessible.
At it's core, though, what I'm picturing is something where librarians get
together and cut through the noise, pull out best web practices, and
display them in a quickly digested format. Everything else would be the
On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM, Michael Schofield <[log in to unmask]>
> I am interested but I am a little hazy about what kind of standards you
> all are suggesting. I would warn against creating standards that conflict
> with any actual web standards, because I--and, I think, many others--would
> honestly recommend that the #libweb should aspire to and adhere more firmly
> to larger web standards and best practices that conflict with something
> that's more, ah, librarylike. Although that might not be what you folks
> have in mind at all : ).
> Michael S.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Brad Coffield
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:30 AM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Library community web standards (was: LibGuides v2
> - Templates and Nav)
> Josh, thanks for separating this topic out and starting this new thread. I
> don't know of any such library standards that exist on the web. I agree
> that this sounds like a great idea. As for this group or not... why not!
> It's 2014 and they don't exist yet and they would be incredibly useful for
> many libraries, if not all. Now all we need is a cool 'working group' title
> for ourselves and we're halfway done! Right???
> But seriously, I'd love to help.
> Brad Coffield, MLIS
> Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian Saint Francis University
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Brad Coffield, MLIS
Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian
Saint Francis University
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