Paper presented at 57th All India Library Conference of Indian Library Association on " Knowledge Society: Innovations in Librarianship held at Mangalore on Februry 23rd to 25th 2012. Published in ILA Conference Proceedings
Library website : Mirror of
Ms. Sangeeta N Dhamdhere
Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce,
Ganesh-Khind, Pune -53
Library Website: Mirror of library
The library web site is part of the public image in the
community. Library website can act as a mirror of
library. It is nothing but a virtual entrance to its
collection, services, facilities, communication and other
Need of library website
•Website is an effective tool for exploring library activities
•Use of ICT and web 2.0 tools in libraries & teaching field
made librarians to develop their own web pages
•Marketing and propagating library services is a need in
•Libraries are shifting information gathering using the
Internet and providing more services to users linking the
resources available at different palces.
Library 2.0 site contents
•Link to information resources, Library Catalogues, services,
programs, calendar, and about the library functioning staff
etc, News and events supports the library.
It also supports to :
•Library blogs, RSS, Instant messaging, Social networking
services, wikis, and social tagging applications etc
•Access to various databases, portals of other libraries &
Ask Librarian platform, etc.
•For this developments tools are readily available
Library Website Design tools
Lets have a look at how
to create library
website with ABCD site
ABCD Site CMS
•ABCD is powerful tool for all libraries to create library
websites and also used as content Management tool for
•ABCD software is useful for library automation and digital
•It is a customized partial version of the Virtual Health
Library (VHL)-Site, produced and maintained by BIREME
(a WHO-organisation in Brazil).
Possibility with ABCD
•ABCD allows librarians to build their own website
themselves without any knowledge of web-technology or
•A complete range of elements can be presented in a
rather well-structured way.
•The own resources (catalogs, databases) will be
accessible directly form the website with an integrated
search facility (‘meta search’) but surrounded by other
resources and information from both the Web 1.0 era
(links to external information) and the Web 2.0
(interaction with users).
•The full package of ABCD can be downloaded from:
Installation manual of pre-required software to VHL applications
VHL-Site's operation manual versions 4 and 5
•The ABCD Site CMS is suitable for all types of libraries in
developed and developing countries.
•The example of Virtual Health Library and their allied
libraries mentioned above illustrates its excellent
functionality, presenting a wealth of information sources
around its own ‘meta search’ core for availing local
•As this tool is for libraries in any type of institutes and
quite easy to manage and create, it can be used to
publish and share all types of information and library
•One can test it and use it.