WNYLRC Workshop: The Basics of HTML and CSS by Sarah McLean-Plunkett

I recently attended WNYLRC’s The Basics of HTML and CSS Workshop on September 28, 2015. Even if you do not want to build your own website from scratch these are useful tools for customizing, for instance, Libguides. I had previously learned the basics of both HTML and CSS in my M.L.I.S. program and even built my own website, but it had been some time since I had used them. I was somewhat concerned that I was either going to be bored or overwhelmed–depending on the pace of the instructor. I am relieved to report that the three hours flew by and the instructor, Jaclyn McKewan, struck just the right balance. The handouts were helpful, clear, and concise. She even offered a list of additional resources. It was definitely worth the time. Hint: I am a little rusty on my XML…

Sarah’s entry points out that brushing up on your html and css skills can help you alter and customize your library’s website features so your patron experience is improved. This is exactly what will be presented when Randy Oldham from Guelph University comes to WNYLRC to present “Hacking Your Discovery Layer” on Friday, October 16th. As Sarah points out, improving your coding skills can also help you create better LibGuides, and creating Libguides, even Local History Guides, will be the focus of other upcoming training sessions: “Creating Local History Guides Online” (Oct. 27th) and “Creating Libguides” (December 3rd).