Library Web Development: Beyond Tips and Tricks

ALA. Apr. 2019. 144p. index. ISBN 9780838918302. pap. $69.99. PRO MEDIA.
Increasingly in need of staff with robust coding and web development skills, libraries have begun hiring experts to provide opportunities for library professionals to develop these skills. But according to Bengtson (head, information technology svcs., Kansas State Univ. Libs.), library professionals interested in basic coding skills might not know how to troubleshoot like a seasoned coder, and expert coders who are not information professionals might not fully understand user needs. In addition to discussing the many challenging scenarios that he has experienced as a library web developer, such as customizing Google Analytics or building interactive maps, the author shares his ten rules for thinking critically and solving coding-related issues in libraries and demonstrates how these are applied in practice.
VERDICT Though Bengtson offers many introductory resources throughout the book, this title is not intended to be a primer or introduction to web development. Library staff who are mostly self-trained web developers will likely find this helpful in navigating the dynamic and complex web development landscape.

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