by Stephen Dafoe

The Morinville Community Library is excited about their new website at their old location MorinvilleLibrary.ca.

Public Services Librarian Alliah Krahn said the change came about when TownLife, the company that provided the old website, was purchased by another web design company called Box Clever.

“There were a number of things we’d been asking them for on our website, such as smartphone-friendly design, that BoxClever thought could be much more easily done by switching us over to a new design rather than making changes to our old website,” Krahn explained.

The old design made navigating the Library’s website difficult if you were trying to access it on a phone.

“We want to make sure we’re as easy to access as possible for everyone, on any device,” Krahn said. “We’ve also taken the opportunity to put some of our forms, like volunteer applications and purchase requests, directly onto the website. We are hoping that this will make it easier and more convenient for our patrons to make their preferences heard.”

With COVID-19 limiting patron’s access to the library, Krahn said the new website is essential for serving patrons during COVID-19.

“We’re used to being an open and public space for our community, and we’ve really had to change how we serve during this pandemic,” she said. “For now, our online presence is the only part of the library many of our patrons see, so we want to make sure it’s as up-to-date and helpful as possible to keep at least a little of that community feeling for our patrons.”

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