Creative Coding - Get More from Your Library Website

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020*
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Trainer: Jeremy Hall, Bard College
*Snow date: February 13, 2020

This workshop features hands-on training in managing and customizing websites and online resources. We all know that libraries require a compelling virtual presence to provide key access to resources and collections, and that we utilize a variety of platforms like Google Sites, Wordpress, Weebly, Wix and Libguides to promote our services, but the main challenge is customizing that content to meet our specific needs. This includes branding, modifying the look and style of these resources and being able to adapt code (including widgets) to embed content. This workshop will provide librarians with practical experience doing just that. Through learning and applying basic HTML and CSS code, the participants in this workshop will be better able to customize online content and increase usability and access to resources. As part of this workshop, we will look at accessibility issues and cover guidelines for creating a more accessible website.

Outcomes
Attendees will:

  • Learn basic coding skills for HTML and CSS
  • Apply HTML/CSS coding within the LibGuides CMS environment

Goals
Attendees will be able to:

  • Edit and adapt HTML/CSS code
  • Build basic webpages
  • Customize and enhance LibGuides content
  • Troubleshoot website issues and better communicate with technology partners at their institutions

About the instructor:
Jeremy Hall, B.A., Bard College; M.A., The New School; M.S., SUNY Buffalo, is the Research, Education, and Digital Scholarship Librarian & Visiting Lecturer at Bard College. Jeremy’s teaching interests include multiple literacies and the future of information. At Bard College, he conducts library instruction, reference, helps coordinate media technology for the library, and administers Digital Commons, an online repository of student theses and other scholarly material. Jeremy teaches "Digital Literacies & Scholarship" as a visiting lecturer, and has taught courses on computer systems and applications, web page and new media design, and cyber art. Past presentations include New York State’s Historical Association Annual Conference, NYLA and SENY-Con. Jeremy also served 6 years on Southeatern’s Digital Advisory Committee.

This class is appropriate for staff at all library types.
Cost of the event: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.
All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE credits.

Register Here

This is the first half of a full day of technology-related workshops! We invite you to stay for the Information Technology Special Interest Group meeting at 1pm - registration is here.