Website and Catalog Tip of the Week #16: Take a Homepage Tour!
Since we've added some things to our homepage recently (hopefully all changes for the better!), let's update this post and get everyone situated.
Our home page is a wealth of information, but sometimes it can get a little confusing. Why do things change every day? Where’s the search bar? Hopefully we can answer some of those questions and introduce you to some new and cool features, too!
The Header, the section at the top of the page that stays the same as you make your way around the site, is your go-to navigational point, starting when you first land on our homepage.
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, this is probably the first place you want to go. It’s also what you can use to bring you back to the homepage from anywhere on the website; just click on our logo to return home. The Header is also where you’ll go to find all of your quick links, including to Hours & Locations, Help, Log In / My PCPL, Browse pages, the E-Library, the Events calendar, the catalog En español, and the Search bar (which is now open all the time, to save you a click!).
There are all kinds of moving parts here, but all you really need to know is this: this is where all of the new stuff is. Staff create lists, write blog posts, highlight events, and find interesting things on the internet to share, and this is where it all comes out. There are several categories, which we call channels, to help you find similar content, and you can also click on those channel headings to find more of our creations under the same theme. The focal point is going to be We Recommend, but you can also find areas for Staff Picks and Kids & Teens, as well as temporary options such as Summer Learning, or Spotlight, when we have special occasions to highlight.
The Event Spotlight is always going to be in the same place: top left of the body. The events themselves will change, but you can always go there to see what’s happening today or tomorrow. If you want more, there is a link right in that box to the full event calendar.
The Blog widget is also always in the same place, top right of the body. It always displays our five most recent blog posts, so whenever we post a new one, it'll show up there right away. You can always click on the label "Blog" to see a feed of all our blog posts, too.
Then, below the Staff Picks channel and next to Kids & Teens are our Instagram and Facebook widgets, which pull in our latest posts, similar to how the blog widget works. If you'd like to learn more about our social media accounts (we have many more that you can follow), click here!
You’ll notice if you’re following me down the page that there is something I skipped: the new items carousel. This is a dynamically-updated carousel that automatically loads new books when they’ve been added to our catalog. It changes constantly—as long as we’re buying books and movies, they’re being loaded into our catalog. Every day is different with the New Books carousel. If you enjoy browsing new titles, don't miss our New and On Order Books page either, which will give you all the information you want to know about what’s newly arrived and what we’re waiting for. It’s a great way to get a jump on books you know you’ll want to put on hold.
All the way at the bottom is the footer, which we’ve covered in great detail in another Tip of the Week. You can find lots of things down here, and like the Header, it’s the same wherever you go. Just keep scrolling and you’ll be back in familiar territory, whether you’re doing a catalog search, looking at events, or reading a blog post.
The home page is an ever-changing whirlwind of new information, but it will bring you all the latest and greatest directly from library staff, whether it’s book lists, reviews, resource links, or fun things you should check out this week. And don’t forget, this is where you’ll find the most pertinent information first, like if the libraries will be closed on a holiday or are hosting a special event.
The mobile version of the home page is very similar, just a little collapsed. You'll only see one feature at a time (starting with the Event Spotlight and moving on) but all of the elements are the same. The Header requires a little more popping out, but what doesn't on mobile?
Ready to put your new info to good use? Look in regularly to see new book and movie recs, blogs about popular and current events, and all kinds of library-related goodness all in one spot. And don’t forget to use the links below to find us on social media!
Questions? Call Infoline at 520 791 4010, or contact Ask A Librarian!
What do you want to know? Any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see in future installments!
And if you haven’t, check out our previous tips of the week!