A Design Analysis of Indiana Public Library Homepages

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2015-06
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Taylor & Francis
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This article describes the results of an analysis of 430 Indiana public library homepages. The authors examined each homepage for 129 total elements, such as navigation, search, content, and Web 2.0 features. Our findings reveal common trends in public library homepage design, including twenty-one elements that appear on at least half of the surveyed homepages. The results of this study provide a profile of public library homepage design in Indiana. Additionally, this study blends two preexisting library content checklists in order to provide a replicable methodology for additional libraries to apply to their homepages or websites.
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This is an electronic version of an article published in Public Library Quarterly, Volume 34, Issue 2. Public Library Quarterly is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2015.1036708.
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World Wide Web, website design, public libraries, homepage design, library websites, Web 2.0, Indiana libraries
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