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Monday, 31st May 2010

Awesome! Toronto Public Library Continues Beta Test of New Website

The Toronto Public Library, the largest urban public library system in the world, recently posted an updated information about the beta test of a new library web site.

We thought that for those of you not in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) it might be interesting to see how the TPL is creating and developing the new site.

Current Web Site ||| Beta Web Site

Aesthetically, it's night and day vs. the old page. Overall gorgeous but some tweaks need to be made. That's why it's still a beta. One minor thing we quickly noticed is that the RSS symbol is used twice on many pages. Once it's labeled "Subscribe to results" (which will mean zilch to most people but a very useful tool) and later, "read librarian blogs." A mouseover or another method is needed to explain what those symbols mean and what they can do.

You can read more about the TPL Beta Web Team Blog and what has been changed/updated in the past few weeks and other "longer term" projects.

See Also: A Look Inside the Toronto Reference Library, What Users Canít See (The Torontoist)

Kudos Toronto Public Library! We will be checking back soon. When the launch takes place ResourceShelf plans an extended overview.

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