Public Library has a new website, and its going over well, according to
Library Director Lisa Stamm.
Stamm told the
Library Board at its meeting Thursday that the new site is a major upgrade
that will only cost $180 more per year to host and manage. The new site will
cost $600 per year to host, while the old site was costing $420 per year.
The old site was also hosted by an international company, and the new site
is being hosted by Schererville-based Alkon.
Alkon built the
site, is monitoring it and providing server backup, and provided in-person
Wordpress training for a one-time cost of $3,270, Stamm said.
“Patron and staff
response to the new site has been overwhelmingly positive, with ease of use
and aesthetics as the most constant comments. It’s also faster to manage on
the back end,” Stamm said.
Stamm said websites
have become extremely important for libraries, and though the old site
served its purpose, the new site better reflects WPL. “Now I feel like
somebody who’s not in the physical building can go online and see what we
offer and who we are, versus something that’s outdated,” Stamm said.
Board member Mike
Livovich took a moment to give his own positive feedback. “I find it very
crisp and clean and easy to use. My family’s been enjoying it,” Livovich
said. “I think it looks great and its really user friendly.”
Stamm reported the
Center for Workforce Innovations, which runs the Chesterton Adult Learning
Center, donated $500 to WPL as a thank you for use of the Baugher Center.
The Duneland Garden Club donated $100.
Stamm reported the
Library acquired a new heavy-duty inflatable screen for showing outdoor
movies during the Summer Film and Concert series after the old screen was
damaged by a gust of wind. The new screen and a three-year warranty cost
$4,618.54 and is much easier to transport than the old screen.
In June, 31,824
people visited WPL. WPL presented 55 programs that had 1,534 attendees, and
171 people used meeting rooms.