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Responsive Web Design for Libraries (A Lita Guide)
  • Matthew Reidsma, Grand Valley State University
Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. Experienced responsive web developer Reidsma, named a web librarian to watch by ACRL's TechConnect blog, shares proven methods for delivering the same content to all users using HTML and CSS. His practical guidance will enable web developers to save valuable time and resources by working with a library's existing design to add responsive web design features. With both clarity and thoroughness, and firmly addressing the expectations of library website users, this book
  • Shows why responsive web design is so important, and how its flexibility can meet the needs of both today's users and tomorrow's technology
  • Provides in-depth coverage of implementing responsive web design on an existing site, steps for taking traditional desktop CSS and adding breakpoints for site responsiveness, and ways to use grids to achieve a visual layout that's adaptable to different devices
  • Includes valuable tips and techniques from web developers and designers, such as how to do more with fewer resources, and improving performance by designing a site that sends fewer bytes over fewer connections
  • Offers advice for making vendor sites responsive
  • Features an abundance of screen captures, associated code samples, and links to additional resources
This guide shows how, through responsive web design, libraries can build one site for all devices now and in the future with just HTML and CSS.
Publication Date
March 21, 2014
American Library Association
Citation Information
Matthew Reidsma. Responsive Web Design for Libraries (A Lita Guide). Chicago(2014)
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