Intro to Webdesign

University of North Texas
Department of Library and Information Science

INFO 5814 Website Design

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Jimmy Newland
  • Office hours via chat: by appointment
  • Chat format: GChat (or Google Hangout), or Skype (user: jimmynewland)
  • Online Coursework: Blackboard Learn
  • Videos (YouTube Playlist)

Course Description:

Web Site Development. 3 hours. This course is designed to meet the needs of librarians / information professionals in creating modern interactive web tools.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • identify current trends and technologies related to web design
  • create a multi-mode standards-compliant web-based information resource (a web site)
  • understand usability and accessibility issues as they relate to information organization and retrieval

Course Philosophy:

In reality, web design is a creative, messy, frustrating, and fun effort involving lots of planning and lots of coding that is meant to be done in small groups.

Generally the goal of this course is to create a knowledge base from a set of experiences centered around designing, deploying, and maintaining a moderately complicated set of web applications. Specifically, when appropriate, an effort will be made to offer these experiences in the domain of library and information science as a whole.

Mainly, learning to create the sorts of leading-edge web applications used in library systems is the overall goal.

Text for the course:

The 8th edition of HTML and CSS for the Web by Castro and Hyslop.


There will be in-class and online assignments, in-class and online discussions, individual project work, group project work, and exam work. Online-only coursework will mean groups are dependent on the members to pull together and get work done on time.

All assignments will be given a point value. Grades are assigned based on points earned as a percentage of all possible points.

  • A: 90% or higher
  • B: 80% – 89%
  • C: 70% – 79%
  • D: 60% – 69%
  • F: < 60%

Assignments will be turned in via FTP to the assigned web folder or posted via the web in some other prescribed manner. The Webdesign Assignments page will be updated throughout the course.

Group Project Ideas

Semester Project Ideas:
Create a website or web resource that serves a specific set of functions related to a particular area of library and information science.
Create a website for a children’s library department with a rating system
Summer Reading Registration interactive tools
Volunteer Opportunity forum(s)

Create a school library website with feedback tools
Collection Information (including collection development)
Research Tools and advice
Online resources (databases) integrated into one tool
Readers’ Advisory or customer/patron reviews

Create a promotional website for an information science professional using web technologies (perhaps selling services such as indexing and abstracting)

Create a searchable information resource for a medical library or law library
Journals and Articles
Reference Services

Create a “portal” related to some specific field

Students with Special Needs:

Any student with a disability that will require accommodation under the terms of federal regulations must present a written accommodation request to the instructor on or before the second class meeting. Copies of the School’s ADA Compliance Policy, ADA Policy on Auxiliary Aids and Reasonable Accommodation, and ADA Grievance Procedures are available through the School Office (ISB 205; 940-565-2445). It is also recommended that the student register with the Office of Disability Accommodation (University Union 318-A; 940-565-4323).

Class Schedule (Google Calendar):

  • Discussion Assignment: Using Social Networking in a Library Setting

Part 1 – Reading: ch 1, ch 2, ch 3, ch 4

Part 2 – Reading: , ch 5, ch 6, ch 7, ch 8

Part 3 – HTML ch 10 (selected), ch 11 (selected)

Part 4 – HTML: ch 15, ch 16, and ch 18

Part 5 – HTML: ch 17 & ch 19

  • Organizing Data 2: Forms

Tools & Downloads

  • Firefox is the browser we will use to view web content.
  • Mozilla Web Maker Thimble is a great web-based HTML editor
  • CyberDuck is the free FTP client we will use to move files to and from the web.
  • WinSCP is a Windows-only FTP client that some student may opt to use.
  • Notepad++ is a great web-code editing tool for Windows.
  • TextWrangler is a great free web-code editing tool for Mac and can do FTP.
  • CreativeCommons Search can be used to find correctly-licenses images.