WebJunction 2008: Looking Forward
The last five years have been eventful for WebJunction, and the next five (and beyond!) promise to be even more exciting. Starting today and over the coming months we will share more information about the changes coming to WebJunction—a new site, great new features, and better resources and experiences all around. You'll find the same great WebJunction social mission of helping libraries thrive, but with better tools to make that happen.
To keep up on all the latest, watch this page, subscribe to WebJunction's newsletter Crossroads, read BlogJunction, or meet up with us at ALA Annual 2008 in Anaheim this summer.
Alright...So what's changing?
First: Our logo
The beloved signpost logo is at long last being retired in favor of a new, clean, simplified logo and overall look and feel for everything from our website to our PowerPoint presentations. What exactly is that logo, you might ask? It's a stylized bird's eye view of a street intersection (continuing our "junction" theme)...or it could be four letter J's stuck together to play off our name. Depends on who you ask. Either way, we think it will look fantastic when paired with the new site coming later this summer.
In the next few months you'll see the WebJunction team use this new logo more and more as we apply it to everything we create. The logo will finally come into permanent usage when the new site launches, so you have a bit of time yet for waxing nostalgic about the signposts.
No official word yet on the fate of Library Gal, but we'll keep you posted.
Second: Our site
WebJunction.org and our many partner sites are undergoing a major update that goes significantly deeper than mere design, layout, or even features. Coming late this summer we will re-launch on an entirely new technology platform loaded with new features, a dramatically different design, and extensive improvements to all aspects of the community and learning experiences our member and partner communities have come to depend on.
Our design goals for this next version of the site included:
The end result will create better ways for both library staff and the organizations that support them to connect, create, and learn:
Great, so when can you see it?
Soon! We are busy putting the finishing touches on the new WebJunction and will showcase early looks starting at ALA Annual 2008 in late June. If you won't be attending the conference, watch this space or follow BlogJunction or Crossroads for information on Webinars, screenshots, and share your thoughts in this discussion space.