Responsive Web Design for Libraries: A LITA Guide

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Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. Experienced responsive web developer Reidsma, named "a web librarian to watch" by ACRL's TechConnect blog, shares proven methods for delivering the same content to all users using HTML and CSS. His practical guidance will enable web developers to save valuable time and resources by working with a library's existing design to add responsive web design features. With both clarity and thoroughness, and firmly addressing the expectations of library website users, this book

  • Shows why responsive web design is so important, and how its flexibility can meet the needs of both today's users and tomorrow's technology
  • Provides in-depth coverage of implementing responsive web design on an existing site, steps for taking traditional desktop CSS and adding breakpoints for site responsiveness, and ways to use grids to achieve a visual layout that's adaptable to different devices
  • Includes valuable tips and techniques from web developers and designers, such as how to do more with fewer resources, and improving performance by designing a site that sends fewer bytes over fewer connections
  • Offers advice for making vendor sites responsive
  • Features an abundance of screen captures, associated code samples, and links to additional resources

This guide shows how, through responsive web design, libraries can build one site for all devices—now and in the future—with just HTML and CSS.

1 A Case for Responsive Web Design 
2 Fluid Layouts 
3 Media Queries 
4 Performance 
5 Responsive Web Design and Support 
6 Going Responsive: First Steps 
7 Making Your Existing Layout Responsive 
8 Improving Your Site's Performance 
9 Making Vendor Sites Responsive 

Matthew Reidsma

Matthew Reidsma is web services librarian at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan. He is the cofounder and editor in chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for library user experience professionals. He speaks frequently about library websites, user experience, and responsive design around the world. Library Journal named him a "Mover and Shaker" in 2013, which led to many unfortunate dance-related jokes in the Reidsma household. He writes about libraries and technology at Matthew Reidsma: Holistic UX.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

"Reidsma does an excellent job in communicating information by addressing the reader directly in a very conversational tone. This tone is very easy to understand and makes the reader feel comfortable in following the different aspects of responsive Web design ... as a result, Responsive Web Design for Libraries is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to learn more about creating a functional library Website that meets their users' needs."

"Following his suggestions, librarians should be able to use any existing design and augment its responsiveness to meet changing-use devices. Screen captures, associated code samples, and web links add to the practicality of his step-by-step plan to channel desktop CSS into breakpoints for site responsiveness … a basic manual that would be useful to any working librarian."

"The information is presented very clearly, and the writing style is easy to understand. The inclusion of screen shots of the various layout options really assists in understanding the technical information. This book is recommended for those involved in designing library websites or those wishing to learn more about this important area."
— Australian Library Journal

"This book is a helpful resource on the topic of responsive web design. It is recommended for any experienced web designer who wishes to learn more about this important topic. It would be an appropriate purchase for libraries with an interest in making their content user friendly well into the future."
— Serials Review