NORMAL — A mobile website, a better calendar and more user-friendly online resources are coming to normalpl.org this spring.
Normal Public Library plans to launch a new website in April that officials hope will be "dynamic, current, easy to use and easy to maintain," said Library Director Brian Chase.
The new site, an $18,900 project from vendor Library Market, will replace a 2011 site designed internally that "does not offer a mobile version and can be difficult to use on smartphones," said Chase.
"The new site will be responsive to the device on which it is being viewed," he said. "We know patrons are using their phones more and more to access our site, so it's important to make that a positive and intuitive experience."
Chase said the new site should be more accessible on any device, versus the current site's "great deal of information and complex menu options."
He noted that the site will continue to be "a rich collection of online resources including streaming movies and music, downloadable e-books, Lynda.com courses, Mango languages" and more.
"We've come to think of our website as being a 'digital branch' that is open 24 hours a day and available to our patrons from home," Chase said. "We're paying special attention to ensuring that it's intuitive and simple."