Pattern library for library web site design?
Just poking my head above the water (the Ocean of the Imminently Due Master's Thesis) to ask if anyone else thinks it would be a good idea to start a wiki-based pattern library of design elements and design solutions for library web sites.
Inspired by the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library, I thought it would really cool if there were a site that would feature all kinds of solutions to common design issues for library web sites. For example, most libraries have got a collection of databases that can be accessed via the library site. How you present that list (i.e., how you slice and dice the list of databases by title, by subject, by type, etc.) is a common problem web designers must address. It would be great to have a site that recommends and links to really great examples of things like:
- database lists
- search this site boxes
- catalog search boxes on the home page
- link resolver look-up tools (like the "journal finder" tool from SFX that many libraries have customized)
- "how to" pages (e.g., "how to find books" or "how to find articles" pages)
I'm just throwing the idea out there so (a) I don't forget it (b) mabye someone will take the idea and run with it or (c) someone will tell me about some already existing site that does this. While I've been part of the committee at my library that is working on the redesign of our web site, we've been looking at hundreds of other library sites and taking notes. You can find some of those sites we found especially noteworthy in our committee's del.icio.us account.