[Web4lib] Website maintainence in small and mid-sized libraries

Harvey Melinda melindajharvey at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 21 18:58:39 EDT 2006

"Peters, Christopher" <cpeters at secstate.wa.gov> wrote:    I have a question that I'm passing along from a library trustee.
They're wondering how other small to mid-sized library systems
1. Do you maintain your website in house, or do you outsource?
  Originally we developed and maintained our website in house.  The latest version however was set up by an on campus IT person.  I am the person who in responsible for maintaining it (or as I very inelegantly put it--I try not to ruin things.).  2. How many hours per week does your staff, or your contractor,
spend on the website?
  The website itself doesn't change frequently, but I will say that just before a change, a great deal of my time is devoted to preparing what ever is being updated.  It sort of blends in with faculty relations, acquisitions, library literacy, cataloging, etc.  
3. What web authoring tools do you use? 
  I not sure what he used.  I did ask that whatever he used be compatible with Dreamweaver or Mozilla.  I have used Dreamweaver, but most of the time, I just open the file in notepad and plug in my html.
    I hope it helps.  I'll also show off our page at :
4. Have any libraries in this size range investigated or
implemented a Content Management System?

Thanks in advance,

Chris Peters
Information Technology Specialist
Library Development
Washington State Library
360.584.4859 (cell)
cpeters at secstate.wa.gov

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