This page content was created for a LibPress webinar delivered in December 2021, and updated with new quick hints as we think of them.
Style Guides, Branding & Logos
Your library (or city) may have a style guide about phrases, word preferences, land acknowledgements, and more. The style guide may also include notes about colour branding and fonts.
- Fonts: If your styleguide specifies a paid font, and your program (Word, Canva, LibPress, etc) doesn’t have that font available, use a Google search to find alternatives: search for ‘ Bodoni alternatives ‘ for example. Also check out Google Fonts that are free. Ensure that whatever font you use, that is optimized for either print or web use, and that it is legible for accessibility purposes.
- Logos: Be aware that logos are designed to be used as they are. Usually they can be resized, but not altered either in ratio, or cutting out parts of it, or colour changes. Check the vendor’s website (eg. Libby, Overdrive) for logos and variants.
- Colours: Canva can be used to find your hex codes! That’s the 6 number code that looks like this: #ffffff (which is white). Drop your logo into a blank template, then go to the colour picker at top bar to see what has matched. Hover over for the code!
- “Highlight squares”: Some sites have started using a button-type appearance on their Home page, and this can be done in Canva. Create a new design by setting specific dimensions. The best sizes in the Highlight columns are: 260px by 260px for a regular square, 260×122 for halves to display in same size as square, and 260×76 for thirds to display in a square.
- Links: the linked text should be descriptive (don’t use “click here” as the linked text); also for external links (outside your website), make sure to have these open in a new tab: click on the edit/pencil symbol when adding the link in Page Edit, then the gear symbol, and check the box that says Open in a new tab.
- Big Hint: check your mobile view as well as the desktop version for display issues. You can do this in the Customizer (see the Customizer section)
Page & Menu Management
Your page hierarchy and your menu setup are related, but two separate things… This can be a lot of new concepts!
- Pages: scroll through all your pages, and you’ll see whether there is a clear connection between groupings or not. If not, really look at them and consider how to match up “parent” and “child” pages. Try to consolidate information (not too much!) and pare down to only relevant content.
- Menus: You can see how your menus are set up simply by looking at what gets displayed in your Main Menu bar. Do these groupings make sense? Do you have pages that no one ever ever looks at anymore?
- Categories: When you create a page, you can assign a category. If you create categories that match your Menu groupings, it will make it easier for you to manage the content.
- Best practice tip: if linking to an internal site (on your LibPress site) the link should open normally, as in change the screen to that new page. But if linking externally, you should set the link to open in a new tab. To do this, click on the link in your Edit view, and click on the Pencil/edit icon; and then, click on the Gear icon. Check that box that says Open link in a new tab and make sure to hit Update.
- Make sure your linked text is descriptive, don’t hyperlink generic terms like “click here” as this doesn’t help someone using assistive technology to understand what the link is.
- Also make sure to match your linked text to the content that is being opened. For example, if your linked text says “Databases & More” then the page that is opening should be titled Databases & More, and not Research.
“New Books” Lists in Sitka
Instead of painstakingly typing out lists in a Page, or linking to a PDF (!) of New Titles… follow the instructions in the Sitka documentation: Creating Lists. Then link to that for your patrons, where they can scan the list in Sitka Evergreen and place holds directly! See the Gibsons LibPress site for an example of What’s NEW at the Library! Or a simpler version here at Vanderhoof: New Books.
Try to avoid using tables where you can, as these are tricky and should only be used for presenting tabular data–and not for design layout. However, if you must, please read instructions for making sure your table is accessible.
Most of the LibPress libraries are reliant on shared content managed through LibPress. This can be a powerful tool to make sure we’re all up-to-date on the latest and greatest links on a subject. But I need your help to maintain these: please let me know if there is a link that needs updating, or deleting, or if you find a new great resource to include, or if you’ve created a great new page that you would like to share.
- Shared Content: accessible at the bottom of the Page edit screen; scroll through to Subjects and pick the one for your province. Click Draft save, and the code snippet will appear that pulls the content from the shared server. You can add your local content either at the top or bottom if you’d like.
Free recommended graphic tool
- Canva: https://www.canva.com/ and click on Learn at top bar for tutorials
These are just a few: