(These posts are for my Information Technology class. I’ll be back to medical libraries shortly.)

Learning HTML, so that I am able to create simple webpages from scratch, is a very satisfying sort of activity. It isn’t especially hard either. It becomes even easier with WYSIWYG editors, so people with very little technical knowledge can create pretty impressive websites.

Despite this, many public library websites are fairly terrible. Being plain or unattractive is one thing, but from a usability standpoint, these are nightmarish. Many of them are cluttered and difficult to navigate. I even have seen one which has all the information squeezed into a small box in the center of an otherwise blank page.

Hopefully SLIS students going out to take charge of public libraries will be able to put their HTML skills to good use.