The updated site is the result of nearly two years of analysis and design, representing collaboration among staff, trustees and friends. The goal is to provide visitors with a virtual experience that is as compelling as a visit to the actual Library. Online visitors can browse and place holds on materials; use Overdrive to download eBooks and audiobooks straight to their computer, iPod or MP3 player; or stream music through the Naxos Music Library; or access a number of premium commercial databases, including health, careers, education, genealogy, history, biographies and more.
In addition to the site's many new technical features, the graphic design and interface present a dramatic improvement. The site's navigation has been streamlined,, making it more intuitive and user-friendly.
Some of the highlights of the new website:
• New children's page: an engaging child-friendly page offers book lists, programs, homework help, parent resources and games.
• New teen page: the teen page offers recommended reading, opportunities for teens to express themselves as well as a new Teen Central blog.
• Updated pages for the Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches: the portals highlight each branch's unique programs and collections.
• Improved accessibility: Library staff worked hard to ensure that the site content will be accessible to as many people as possible. In cases where patrons are viewing the new site with legacy browsers, special-needs software like screen-readers, or portable devices like cell phones with limited display capabilities, the site will scale appropriately while maintaining a reasonable degree of legibility and navigability.
• Improved Support and About the Library pages: the new site enables online visitors an easy, instant, and secure way to make donations. It also offers a value calculator where patrons can input their library use to determine the value of free programs, services and materials.
• Library news displayed prominently: link to any of the Library's five blogs from the home page including Library News, Ed's Blog, Staff Picks, Lost in the Stacks and Teen Central.