The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries has unveiled its new website.
The address still is www.cvlga.org, but library officials say the new site is easier to navigate and has new features, such as:
Access to all downloads and services via one or two clicks.
New navigation bar.
A-Z listing of online resources.
Centralized events section.
Improved catalog searching.
Special sections for kids and teens.
New ways to interact with visitors, including social media, mobile apps and article sharing.
Animated slideshow, allowing visitors to more easily find resources.
"We just wanted a clearer way of arranging our information for customers," said Tiffany Wilson, the library system's fund development and marketing coordinator. "The last website was cluttered. We simplified it."
Henry McCoy, the communications and programming coordinator, and Darrius Covington, the multimedia specialist, led the effort to create the new website, Wilson said. They analyzed the data from the previous site to understand how it was being used. They surveyed library staff members to learn about the complaints they heard from customers. They set up a pilot site for about two weeks before the Nov. 1 launch, so visitors could give their input through an online survey.
"We've had a lot of great feedback," Wilson said.
And she sees evidence that the new website already has boosted library activity. Wednesday's storytime associated with Georgia Gives Day was heavily promoted on the site and attracted about 60 children.
"That's probably a record turnout for a first-time event," Wilson said.
She noted the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries raised $1,340 on the day that encourages a flurry of donation's to nonprofit organizations around the state.
The new website also is designed with more prominent links to the library system's social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Flickr.