The role that a library website plays in providing community access to library services is vital. With that in mind, Delta County Libraries is announcing the launch of a new website on Friday, March 1.
"During our strategic planning process, community members identified the website as a top priority," says Lea Hart, district director. "We have spent time researching the components of a good library website and we believe our efforts have paid off. The new site is user-friendly, compatible with a wide variety of computers and devices, and easy to search.
"The current website launched back in 2009 has been very cumbersome and time-consuming to manage," Hart explains. "A huge benefit of the new site is the ease and cost-effectiveness of in-house administration.
"We contracted with local web designer Christy Eller last fall to design the overall site," says Hart. "Since January, the responsibility for creating and managing content has slowly shifted from Christy to library staff. It has been a great deal of work but has come together nicely and we are very excited for the launch."
Among staff, the library district's website is often referred to as "the sixth library in Delta County." That is because of the vast number of resources that are available to library users through the website.
"Downloadable books, audiobooks, music and movies, online subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, online classes, and research resources are all available for free through our website with a library card," explains Hart.
"Also, the website provides access to our extensive catalog system, patron login to request or renew items, library card application and renewal, our events calendar, and materials request forms," states Hart. "Our website is one of the key services we provide for the community and is an incredible tool for accessing all kinds of valuable information."
In an effort to encourage people to explore the new website, a scavenger hunt will be available online and in the libraries beginning March 1. "We will collect completed scavenger hunts and do a grand prize drawing for a Kindle," Hart says. Check out the new website beginning March 1 at www.deltalibraries.org to take part in the scavenger hunt and learn more about Delta County Libraries.