New iteration: Web Design Basics for Librarians eCourse

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/13/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on September 10, 2018.

HTML elements are the basic building blocks of every webpage, so a little coding skill can yield big gains in effective communication and efficient website maintenance. With basic HTML skills, you can add links to your press releases, customize your Facebook page, or update your library’s website. Even if you work with rich text editors in a content management system, fundamental web design principles will give you better results. Once you know the basics, you can deepen your contribution to the web team with skills in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript.

Diane Kovacs, an experienced web designer and online instructor, will show you how to design attractive, clear, and accessible webpages and give you the foundation for learning more.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Course; Accessibility Validation and Usability Testing


  • Accessibility
  • Usability

Learning Activities:

  • HTML and CSS Skills Self Assessment
  • Usability Testing and Accessibility Validation

Week 2: User Centered Design; Needs Assessment and Design Planning


  • User-Centered Design

Learning Activities:

  • Plan First: Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project
  • Design Next: Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project
  • Implement Last: Repeat Needs Assessment and Design Plan for Class Project. 
  • Draft a Needs Assessment and Design Plan

Week 3: Topics Web Design Standards and Basic Concepts: Creating a Basic Web Page (HTML5 Standards)


  • Web Design Standards
  • HTML5 Basic Concepts Lecture

Learning Activities:

  • Creating and Validating an HTML5 Basic web Page.

Week 4: Topics: CSS for Style and Layout (External CSS3 Standards)


  • CSS3 Basics

Learning Activities:

  • Creating and Validating an External Cascading Style Sheet (CSS3) for Layout and Style

About the Instructor

Diane Kovacs is a consultant, teacher, and librarian. She has nine years' experience teaching online in library schools, for both the University of Illinois and San Jose State University. An instructional designer and trainer, she has developed courses for public and academic librarians on technology usage, library instruction, web design, government documents, virtual reference, and electronic collection development. In 2000 she received the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on September 10, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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