ALA names Best Library Web site in the country

The Reader's Shop writes "The Ann Arbor News reports that The Ann Arbor District Library Web site is being honored as the best library web site among larger library systems by the American Library Association. The web site was chosen from more than 360 entries from the United States and Canada."


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Apparently it doesn't matter to the ALA that finding out what AADL stands for is a bit of a chore!

ALA giving web awards?!?

I'm sorry, but the ALA giving an award for best library website ios ridiculous since their site is a swamp of badness. I'm going to start giving awards in electrochemical engineering because I have no background in that.

Blame the bad website on the advisory commitee

ALA Website AdvisoryCommittee ChargeTo develop, review and recommend to Council, Association policies for the ALA Website. To recommend editorial or structural guidelines for the ALA Website. To provide advice to the ALA Executive Director responsible for implementing such policies and guidelines. To provide an ongoing channel for member communication by working closely with other units, committees and offices of the Association. To make recommendations concerning technical issues or changes to the ALA Website, including evaluating, testing and implementing Web-based products and services used by Association members or by the public. To advise the Association on priorities and strategies that promote utilization and continued development of the ALA Web site.RosterMichelle L. Frisque (Chair--2004 - 2006)Head Information SystemsNorthwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library303 East Chicago AvenueChicago, IL 60611-3093Work: (312) 503-7074Fax: (312) 503-1204E-mail: ------------------------------Carolyn Kay Coulter (Member--2004 - 2006)Information Technology OfficerPikes Peak Library District5550 N Union BlvdColorado Springs, CO 80918-1950Work: (719) 531-6333Fax: (719) 528-2810E-mail: ------------------------------Donald J. Napoli (Member--2005 - 2007)DirectorSt Joseph Cnty Public Library304 S. Main St.South Bend, IN 46601-2206Work: (219) 282-4601Fax: (219) 280-2763E-mail: ------------------------------Dyanna Gregory (Intern--2005 - 2007)StudentUniversity of Illinois-Urbana300 N. Goodwin Ave.Urbana, IL 61801Work:Fax:E-mail: ------------------------------Dale Poulter (Intern--2004 - 2006)Systems LibrarianVanderbilt University110 21st Ave SouthSuite 700Nashville, TN 37240Work: (615) 343-5388Fax: (615) 343-8834E-mail: ------------------------------Rochelle Redmond Ballard (ACRL Representative--2005 - 2007)Digital Resources Coord.Princeton UniversityOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544-2098Work: (609) 258-7115Fax: (609) 258-0441E-mail: ------------------------------Linda W. Braun (YALSA Representative--2005 - 2007)Edu Tech ConsultantLibrarians & Educators Online440 East 88th Street #PHBNew York, NY 10129Work: (917) 847-7804Fax: (212) 996-2768E-mail: ------------------------------Steven Cohen (PLA Representative--2005 - 2007)PLA286 Maple AvenueSmithtown, NY 11787Work:Fax:E-mail: ------------------------------Richard Gast (ALTA Representative--2005 - 2006)TrusteeOak Lawn Public Library9427 Raymond AvenueOak Lawn, IL 60453-2466Work: (708) 422-4990Fax: (708) 422-5061E-mail: ------------------------------Susan G. Hess (AASL Representative--2004 - 2006)Adjunct ProfessorQueens CollegeQueens CollegeFlushing, NY 11367Work: (718) 302-7999Fax: (718) 302-7979E-mail: ------------------------------Walter Minkel (ALSC Representative--2005 - 2007)Supervising Librarian/Early Childhood CenterNew York Public Library66 Leroy StNew York, NY 10014Work: (212) 929-0815Fax:E-mail: ------------------------------George S. Porter (RUSA Representative--2004 - 2008)Engineering LibrarianCaltech Library 1-43Pasadena, CA 91125-4300Work: (626) 395-3409Fax: (626) 431-2681E-mail: ------------------------------Stephanie C. Schmitt (ALCTS Representative--2004 - 2006)Librarian Serials ServicesYale Law LibraryPO Box 208326127 Wall StNew Haven, CT 06520-7098Work: (203) 432-7440Fax: (203) 432-7940E-mail: ------------------------------Jennifer R. Wright (LAMA Representative--2005 - 2006)Library Supervisor IFree Library of Philadelphia1901 Vine StreetAnnex BuildingPhiladelphia, PA 19143-3036Work: (215) 686-5334Fax: (215) 686-5353E-mail: ------------------------------Ms. Billie Peterson-Lugo (Round Table Representative--2005 - 2007)Assistant Director, Electronic LibraryBaylor University Moody Memorial LibraryMoody Memorial LibraryOne Bear Place #97148Waco, TX 76798-7148Work: (254) 710-2344Fax: (254) 710-3116E-mail: ------------------------------Brian A. Greene (ASCLA Representative--2005 - 2006)WYLD Program ManagerWyoming State Library2301 Capitol Ave.Cheyenne, WY 82001-3656Work: (307) 777-6339Fax: (307) 777-6289E-mail: ------------------------------JoAnn G. Mondowney (Publishing Representative--2004 - 2006)DirectorFlint Public Library1026 E. Kearsley StreetFlint, MI 48502Work: (810) 249-2041Fax: 810-249-2633E-mail: ------------------------------Robert P. Carlson (Staff Liaison--2006 - 2008)Web Development ManagerAmerican Library Association50 E. Huron St.Chicago, IL 60611Work: (312) 280-3272Fax: (312) 280-2438E-mail: ------------------------------Sherri Lynn Vanyek (Staff Liaison--2002 - 2008)Director ITTSAmerican Library Association50 E. HuronChicago, IL 60611Work: (312) 280-2437Fax: (312) 280-2438E-mail: ------------------------------

Re:Blame the bad website on the advisory commitee

Holy crap, talk about too many cooks...

17 inch

I have a 17 inch monitor. I think that is a pretty standard size and the page does not fit on my monitor. I have to scroll over to see the whole thing. It is my understanding that a semi-competent web designer can build a page that adjust to the size of the monitor. You know the techie that built this page has a ridiculously large monitor.

Re:17 inch

I have a 17-inch monitor and it fits fine? I don't have to scroll at all. What screen resolution do you have your operating system set to? Mine is 1024 x 768 pixels.

4 pages needed to print website home page

If you try to print or convert to a PDF file the home page of the website, you will need four 8 1/2 by 11 pages.Browsing through the structure of the site only reveals more of the same.The procedure which has chosen as best library website in the country is highly flawed. ?

Association for Dyslexic Learners of America?

Re:17 inch

Perhaps it is a browser setting, try non-Crap. Oh, it might be MS IE, that does not have a non-Crap setting.

Pastel Colors on AADL Difficult to Read

The amber colored characters on a white background are quite annoying to read. Over a black background they would be great.


I see dark orange but no amber. It's very easy for me to read.

a variable color averaging a dark orange yellow

amber2 entries found for amber.Main Entry: 1am·berPronunciation: 'am-b&rFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English ambre, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin ambra, from Arabic 'anbar ambergris1 : a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin that takes a fine polish and is used chiefly in making ornamental objects (as beads)2 : a variable color averaging a dark orange yellow

Re:Pastel Colors on AADL Difficult to Read

Not nearly as annoying as the coloring on the Handheld Librarian blog. Once you scroll past the initial light gray background, the headlines and links all disappear into the darker blue background. :)

Re:a variable color averaging a dark orange yellow

Either way, I still don't find it difficult to read :-)

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