WWU’s Library Web Site Honored

The Association of College and Research Libraries chose William Woods University’s library web site as the College Library Web Site of the Month earlier this year. It was the featured web site for two months.

In selecting web sites, attention is given to ease of access, content, currency, design and navigation.

“The WWU library web site is the portal to a vast array of information resources for all William Woods University faculty and students,” Erlene Dudley, library director, said. “All they need is a connection to the Internet to gain access from anywhere in the world.”

She added, “Tena Edwards, WWU reference librarian, has done an outstanding job of creating the library’s web site and keeping it interesting, useful and up-to-date.”

According to the ACRL web site, “Librarians realize that a library web site, in addition to enhancing access to a library’s resources and services, serves in general as a major means of communication with current and future users.”

To be considered for the honor of College Library Web Site of the Month, libraries must have Carnegie classifications at the baccalaureate or master’s levels with student enrollment less than 5,000. The aim is to include as many college and small university libraries as possible.

In addition, efforts are made to choose libraries from different regions of the country each month, with each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia, being represented at least once.

Thirteen library web sites have been chosen since the feature was initiated in January 2005. William Woods is the only Missouri school to have been selected.