Web Design Basics for Librarians eCourse

Web Design Basics for Librarians eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

ALA Member: 
$ 157.50
Item Number:
From:  May 7, 2018
To:  June 3, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 Weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
30 Hours
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HTML elements are the basic building blocks of every webpage, so a little coding skill can yield big gains in effective communication and efficient website maintenance. With basic HTML skills, you can add links to your press releases, customize your Facebook page, or update your library’s website.  Even if you work with rich text editors in a content management system, fundamental web design principles will give you better results.  Once you know the basics, you can deepen your contribution to the web team with skills in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript.

Diane Kovacs, an experienced web designer and online instructor, will show you how to design attractive, clear, and accessible webpages and give you the foundation for learning more.

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to

  • Understand accessibility and how to design accessible pages
  • Practice accessibility validation and simple usability testing for selected users/groups.
  • Use standard HTML (HTML5 at this time) to create usable and accessible Web pages.
  • Use standard external CSS (CSS3 at this time) to layout and style Web pages, including highly accessible navigation and menus
  • Build on this foundation for further self-learning for more advanced web design

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on May 7, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Diane Kovacs will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. Please note that a few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Introduction to the Course; Accessibility Validation and Usability Testing


  • Accessibility
  • Usability

Learning Activities:

  • HTML and CSS Skills Self Assessment
  • Usability Testing and Accessibility Validation

Week 2: User Centered Design; Needs Assessment and Design Planning


  • User-Centered Design

Learning Activities:

  • Plan First: Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project
  • Design Next: Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project
  • Implement Last: Repeat Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project. 
  • Draft a Needs Assessment and Design Plan

Week 3: Topics Web Design Standards and Basic Concepts: Creating a Basic Web Page (HTML5 Standards)


  • Web Design Standards
  • HTML5 Basic Concepts Lecture

Learning Activities:

  • Creating and Validating an HTML5 Basic web Page.

Week 4: Topics: CSS for Style and Layout (External CSS3 Standards)


  • CSS3 Basics

Learning Activities:

  • Creating and Validating an External Cascading Style Sheet (CSS3) for Layout and Style

Diane Kovacs

Diane Kovacs is a consultant, teacher, and librarian. She has nine years' experience teaching online in library schools, for both the University of Illinois and San Jose State University. An instructional designer and trainer, she has developed courses for public and academic librarians on technology usage, library instruction, web design, government documents, virtual reference, and electronic collection development. In 2000 she received the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.