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All-Star School Library Websites: Jackson Local Schools

Author // Erica Clay Monday, 31 October 2016

Ohio school librarians have some really great websites and we want to highlight a few that we think are All-Star School Library Websites. Why is it important to have a good library website? "Making libraries more visible on the web has two benefits: improving the service for the ones who are already committed to the library...and giving libraries the opportunity to reach those who never—or only sometimes—think about the library" (Fons). Much of the research on library website design is focused on academic and public libraries but proponents of the PreK-12 Virtual Learning Commons would argue that a school library's online presence is equally important because "it serves learning 24/7" (Schaffhauser).

This week we're focusing on Jackson Local Schools in Stark County. Jackson Local has 2 District/Building INFOhio coaches: Christina Conti and Sarah Hamilton. D/B ICoaches are education professionals who have been certified to provide professional development on INFOhio tools and resources in their school building or district.

Visit their school library websites here:

Here are just a few of the things we like about their school library websites:

1. Icons

On their elementary library website, Jackson Local uses recognizable icons to link to resources. Elementary students who might not yet be able to read the word "BookFlix" can recognize the picture of someone reading a book that looks like a computer. INFOhio has some graphics you can use in the INFOhio Toolkit.



2. Links work

When a user visits a website and finds a dead link, it can be a sign that the site isn't updated. The icons and links on the Jackson Local sites are working and up-to-date. INFOhio maintains a list of electronic resource links that will make sure your users can get to the right place.

3. Social media integration

Jackson Local's middle school library isn't just using Twitter; they've got a Twitter feed embedded on their website! If you've been hesitant to use social media for your school library, check out the Learn With INFOhio webinar recording, Social Media in the Classroom: Engage Students & Modernize Learning.



4. Easy access to local materials, INFOhio resources, and public library content from school library websites

Make it easy for your students to get the most out of your library collection and the resources they can access from INFOhio and their public library.


5. Access to school libraries on main district website

Work with your technology department to make sure students and parents can access your school library from the district website, your learning management system, and anywhere else students and parents connect to your school online.



Have you used an All-Star School Library Website? Share with us on Twitter or Facebook. We'll continue to feature All-Star School Library Websites here on our blog and through our social media sites.

Fons, Ted. "Making Libraries Visible On The Web." Library Journal 141.13 (2016): 44-46. Academic Search Premier.

Schaffhauser, Dian. "Will This Website Save Your Library (And Your Librarians)?" Education Digest 80.1 (2014): 37. MasterFILE Premier.

About the Author

Posted by: Erica Clay

Erica Clay has been a member of INFOhio's Instructional Team since December 2013. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. As an ILibrarian, Erica evaluates and selects digital tools and resources aligned with Ohio Learning Standards, and supports integration of those tools and resources into classroom instruction. She also collects, analyzes, and shares INFOhio usage data to inform instructional design, and writes for INFOhio's social media, blog, and news.

Erica Clay