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March 21 - 23, 2012
Hilton Washington
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B205 Better Websites: Agile, Teens & Duct Tape!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
4:00 PM 5:00 PM
, Web Developer, Libraries Integrated Technology Department, University of Kansas Libraries
, Web Developer, Pikes Peak Library District
, Research Specialist, Web Designer, Advanced Resource Technologies, Inc. and Contractor with US Department of Defense
, Manager, Research Services, Advanced Resource Technologies, Inc. and Department of Defense

Claassen shares tips for using an agile development approach to design and build a mobile library site in just 2 months. She discusses the tools they used, including Zend Framework, PHP, and JavaScript to build the interface; Basecamp to track progress; and an app to handle hours display for different branch locations. Franklyn shares collaboration steps and missteps experienced by staff working with teens through usability testing, site overhaul, and success. DARPA speakers share their secrets in building a patron-driven library by integrating new functionalities in library websites and portals with makeshift solutions essential in their innovation strategies. Explore examples of how highly effective improvised web solutions can support library staff and users alike. Discuss how user-friendly, open-source tools are providing librarians with boundless creative opportunities to engage with patrons without getting bogged down in expensive, overly complicated projects.






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