Most content management systems were built to appeal to the masses. The challenge faced by libraries is that “one-size” does not fit all (certainly not the specific needs of a librarian and those of a patron). That is where an effective and library content management system designed to accommodate a library website comes into play.

As patrons continue to race down the digital path, it is increasingly important for libraries to match the user’s expectations of a successful web and digital experience. Below are four points to consider when selecting a content management system for your library website.

1. Optimizes Your Library Website for Any Device

The buzzword often associated with how a website displays on a device is “responsive.” A responsive website is optimized to display no matter what device it is shown on. When it comes to a library content management system, you should consider a CMS where “responsive design” has been built into the tool. No matter what changes you make to the site, patrons will have a consistent experience wherever and however (whether it be desktop, tablet or mobile device) they are accessing your library’s website.

Most content management systems were built to appeal to the masses. The challenge faced by libraries is that “one-size” does not fit all (certainly not the specific needs of a librarian and those of a patron).

2. Provides a Better Search Experience

Your library has access to great resources and content, but if your patrons can’t easily find the most relevant information, you have lost them. A library content management system with plug-and-play integrations for discovery and authentication provides patrons with an optimal search experience. Placing the discovery service front and center on your library’s website helps patrons quickly find the information they are looking for and satisfies an intuitive “single-search reflex.”

3. Responds to Patrons’ Needs Quickly

By utilizing an intuitive administrator dashboard built with librarians in mind, librarians can quickly respond to their patrons’ needs, increase e-resource usage and effectively market new content, events and news.  

4. Create a Sustainable Experience

Managing a library website can become overwhelming if website updates are handled by a third-party agency or outside department. Requesting budget approval for these updates is just one small step in a long and time-consuming process. Depending on priorities, updates could take time and cost money. This is where a library content management system like Stacks is an ideal solution. The beauty of Stacks is that instant visual and content changes are handled in the administrator dashboard, as well as what happens “behind the scenes.” Stacks guarantees all integrations will be maintained, software and hardware updates will be handled and security remains top notch.

Learn more about how you can improve your library website with Stacks