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A Webrarian!


First Issue | 1st of February 2013

The web isn't the device from which you access it.
So, the Web for Libraries Weekly is all about curating what's new in the web community for you - the library community. I was going to write you an extra special thanks-for-signing-up note, but foresight is a quality I lack. The upshot of making sure that signing up for the Weekly was easy was that, by not asking your name, I can't drum-up something like, "Hey, first_name, you look fabulous." This is just a thought I had now so it's a little late, but next week--and for every subsequent week--I am going to feature a library website (or at least a killer service) and a systems[ish] librarian on twitter. Sound fun? Tell your friends - and hey, Jessica, thanks for signing up. [I bet if your name is Jessica you're freaking out right now]. 
Michael Schofield

Navigation in Lists: To Be or Not To Be

Chris Coyier sums-up and weighs in on the debate about whether menus should be written as lists - which, traditionally, they have been. It looks like this standard is a carry over from best practices for accessibility when we were comparing against archaic, table-based layouts. Even though there is now a <nav> element, there really hasn't been further attention given. [See the Article]

Finally! The Accessibility Project

Accessibility isn't just a legal mandate for our publicly or tuition funded library websites, it is a changing standard that is often a pain to stay on top of. Dave Rupert started a new, contributor-based Accessibility Project which is "a community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier." And, thankfully, with check lists and skimmable resources, it really works. [Check it out]

Detector: Browser & Feature-Detection 

Dave Molsen's Detector isn't really new news, but it's the kind of tool I think everyone should watch. Presently in beta, it uses a User Agent parsing PHP Library and Modernizr to detect and make it easier for websites to adapt content for screen sizes and browser capabilities. It's a little heady if you're newish to PHP, but it is a must-have in your toolbox. [This is a Bandwagon You Want to Jump]

... or just try this plugin

Of course, if your library is on Wordpress--because Drupal? Lol /kidding--you could literally just try this PHP Browser Detection plugin that literally came to my attention after I linked to the above. To be honest, I'd like to see a Detector plugin because it does more, but oftentimes the ease of use is the game-changer. [PHP Browser Detection Plugin]


Testing for Internet Explorer just got a little bit easier. Free tools and resources so we can spend less time testing for the various versions of Internet Explorer and more time building usable, attractive [hopefully] libraries. With such a broad patronbase, we can't so nonchalantly drop support for deprecated browsers. Our users might still be hitting us up from Windows XP on IE7. This tool makes fair play more tolerable. [modern.IE]

Vocabulary for Web Designers

Well, it's like this: Brett Jankord got frustrated with our tendency to throw around keywords: i.e., "mobile first responsive adaptive web design with RESS." To all of our benefit he drummed-up a brief lexicon so we can all at least speak the same language :). [You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means]

GVSU Library Labs

The systems and tech folk at Grand Valley State University Libraries (my brother and his wife went there ...) Githubbed a lot of their projects for reuse under GPL licensing by, well, us. I already forked their simple business hours script and I'm turning it into a Wordpress plugin. Go, creatives! Steal! I also suggested in my workplace that we put something together like the GVSU Library User Interface Pattern Library, which helps speed the development of your library's projects on the web by serving as a style guide, quick code-snippets, and so on. There's a lot to admire, and GVSU Lib people should be proud of their work.
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