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New Library website reported going over well

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By LILY REX

The Westchester 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somebody who’s not in the physical building can go online and see what we offer and who we are, versus something that’s outdated,” Stamm said.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.”

Librarian’s Report

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.

 

Posted 7/18/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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