Dynamic libraries and media centers have librarians who can multi-task and are always ready to modify their role to continue to serve the library’s needs. They wear many hats, are Jacks or Jills of all trades and are “do it yourselfers”. Librarians are teachers, collaborators, facilitators and so much more. Being a Jack/Jill of all trades brings benefits like understanding your strengths and weaknesses and learning about time management and boundaries, according to this Forbes article. This blog post is for those who dream of the freedom to create and manage their own library/media center website with DIY software.

What is a “DIY Library Website”?

A DIY Library Website is a tool that can be used out of the box as a self-service solution for librarians. No coding experience is needed, and busy library staff can experience perks from utilizing this tool.  

Complete Control

One of the benefits of a DIY web tool is having complete control over when and how it is used. There’s no need to wait on someone else to update the website; you can make changes at your leisure in the manner you wish. Every little detail matters, therefore the owner of the content on the site will get these details done right to avoid consequences like low usage or confused and unhappy users.      


On top of complete control, flexibility is a major advantage to DIY web tools. As the needs of librarians and library users shift, powerful tools are needed that are rich in features and options. With this advantage, you can try new features, test various workflows and avoid a stagnant site that does not keep up with evolving times. As a Librarian DIYer, sometimes you like to push the boundaries. As the owner of your library site, you can try new things according to the library’s schedule and priorities.     

If your library owns the website tool, you can manage the flow of service and support through the software provider.

Instant Support

You want to update or integrate your site in a specific way, but you can’t figure out how to do it. When you need help, you usually contact the website owner at your school or district. Most likely your library is not one of the highest priorities for this person or department, so you may wait to get help. If your library owns the website tool, you can manage the flow of service and support through the software provider.

Purchasing a DIY website tool for the library gives staff the power of complete control, flexibility and instant support. Stacks is the first library website tool created by a librarian for librarians, featuring plug and play integrations and access to an easy-to-use dashboard to create and maintain the library website on your schedule, in the way you want it.

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