!! Need feedback for grad school project- library website

At midnight tonight I am turning in a website I developed for my information architecture class (I am working on my library science masters at Indiana University).

If any of you wonderful folks would be willing to give it a look and leave me some critical review, that would be wonderful.

This project is for a rural county public library in southern Indiana (pop. 32,000). I wanted to create a site that put a face on the services and products offered by the library in a way that will interact with the public (though I am still working on comments). Here is the test site--

Madison-Jefferson County Public Library

I have a series of questions I am trying to find answers to. Pick one to answer or pick many. Any feedback is welcome. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Page Layout-- Are the pages consistent, is it easy to read?

Organization and Sequence-- Is the content well-organized? Can you sense a logic in the order and presentation? Are you finding what you expect to find in various parts of the site?

Navigation Links-- Are you finding your way around easily enough? Are you getting lost anywhere?

Overall Evaluation-- What are your overall impressions? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the pages? Do you find the site interesting or boring?

Any thoughts at all are welcome

Comments

Nice site!

Overall, it looks very nice. I'm a big fan of homepage blogs. The pics at the tops of the pages are great, but I'm not sure about giving them so much vertical space. A few minor things ...

1. In the nav menu across the top, the capitalization of words is inconsistent. Most words start with a cap, but some ("events") look like they should, but don't.

2. The "Read more and add your favorite websites and books" link at the bottom of the blog doesn't make sense to me. Not there, at least.

3. I don't like the empty right column on the kiddie and calendar pages.

4. How about maps for the off-site book returns?

5. I suggest changing the font of the "mjcpl.org" in the background of the library's name to match the sans-serif font of the section headers.

Again, nice work on the site.

Re:Nice site!

Thanks for the excellent feedback it really helps!!! Everyone I know has been really busy and I haven't been able to get good feedback.

You look at it so long you stop seeing things.

thanks again!

My 2 cents

Page Layout-- Are the pages consistent, is it easy to read?I think so.Is the content well-organized? Can you sense a logic in the order and presentation? Are you finding what you expect to find in various parts of the site?YupAre you finding your way around easily enough? Are you getting lost anywhere?Yup. Well, nope, not getting lost, BUT, there's no "HOME" link anywhere. I know where it is, but it's good to actually have something that says "HOME" or something like that.What are your overall impressions? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the pages? Do you find the site interesting or boring?I wouldn't bother with the W3C badges exept maybe on the "ABOUT" page. I LOVE the top parts of the pages, those headers are lovely. I run my monitor at 1600x1200 though, are those too big for smaller monitors?First quick impression is good job, I think I like it.

Re:My 2 cents

Ah yes, a home link. You can look at a site so long you miss the obvious. I knew there was a reason I asked you guys for input.Thanks for responses on quick notice. I had emailed a number of people early last week and it seemed like everyone was having crazy weeks at once and hardly anyone responded. At that point I figured I might as well throw it out to the world at large.Thank you very much!!!egyP.S.-- The badges were a requirement of the assignment, but I did like the idea of putting them in the about section.

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