KCK Library redesigns website

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library has redesigned its website.

According to a library spokesman, the redesigned website launched on Dec. 5.

It will elevate KCKPL’s online presence and highlight multiple services the library offers patrons, according to a news release.

The website, www.kckpl.org, serves as a reading, information, and entertainment portal to the catalog, events at the library, eContent and databases, yearbook collection, and other features, according to the news release. It has a cleaner look and feel, and includes featured collection highlights, the ability to search the entire website and the library’s services, and a responsive design that makes browsing easier on tablets and smartphones, according to the news release.

“We’re very excited to provide our patrons a new and modern website,” said Alicia Houston, web and data services manager, in the news release. “As we move forward, we plan to update information and add features and enhancements to the site along with new and fresh content.”

The development of this website has taken place over the past year with comment from library staff on commonly asked questions and information available on the website along with an analysis and review of use of the previous website.

“We focused on what our patrons’ needs are and how we can reflect that in a functional library website,” Samantha DuPree, eContent library, said.

Specific thought was given to determine what should transfer over from the old website and what innovative features should be incorporated on the new website, according to the spokesman. Some new additions include a search bar for the website, specific “Senior” and “Adult” patron pages, a robust online look at the Kansas Collection, a library blog with recent, new items reviewed by library staff and a new job postings board with an online job application component.

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