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In 2004-2005, staff and members began collaborating on a Web Site Style Guide to help the association with best practices and recommendations for posting content to ALA's and its divisions' web sites. The Style Guide linked below has been prepared at the request of the ALA Website Advisory Committee to ensure that all pages on the ALA site reflect consistent excellence in web design. Thus, the guidelines set a high standard, but one that will enhance our Internet presence. After three drafts, much discussion among groups and individuals from all corners of the association, and a "stamp of approval" from the Website Advisory Committee, the ALA Web Site Style Guide is now complete and ready for use as a reference by everyone who contributes content to the site.

The following constitutes ALA's plan to help all our content managers begin using the tips and guidelines set forth in the Guide.

1. The current Content Management System Manual will eventually be cross-referenced to the Web Site Style Guide, so that content managers can see where the practical input of content is affected by our style guidelines. A "quick reference" card will also be provided for all content developers going forward, so they can keep it handy to check that they are keeping these guidelines in mind. The "quick reference" card is also available at the bottom of this page.

2. All new content managers who were trained at Annual Conference were given a copy of the Guide and a quick reference card, and their training incorporated references to the suggestions and guidelines agreed upon in the Guide.

3. After Annual Conference, ALA's staff technical trainer will begin to hold regular staff training sessions to walk staff through the Guide, answer questions, and schedule individual guidance if necessary.

4. Encouragement to follow the guidelines set will come from an internal Web Editorial Board, made up of ALA unit managers, which will review reported issues on a case by case basis.

5. Member content developers with questions about these guidelines can contact the staff web manager for the section of the web site they update, or, which will put them in touch with members of ITTS' web services group.

Related Files

ALA Web Style Guide Quick Reference Card (PDF File)
ALA Web Site Style Guide

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