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The availability of online library information and resources are quickly becoming essential public library services. The Indiana State Library is launching Access Point to provide free high-quality and functional websites to public libraries. The program will be free for public libraries without a current online presence and those having difficulty maintaining their existing site. The program includes many features that will make maintaining a website simple and painless, and the State Library will provide an initial template, training, and assistance.
Public library standards are currently being updated and it is expected that new standards will require that public libraries have a functional website. Access Point is a simple and cost-effective solution to not only meet this standard, but put you ahead of the curve by connecting your community to innovative and practical online library services.
Program participants receive these free services from the State Library:
- An easy-to-use content management system (CMS) that allows you to manage and update your website AND easily create new web pages and online features.
- Web editing software as simple as using a word processor.
- Seamless and instant publishing to the Web allows you to make instantaneous changes to your website.
- Dozens of customizable templates to help you get the exact design that reflects your library and community.
- Technical support and troubleshooting
- Training provided through ISL Professional Development Office
- Basic template design and graphic design support (logos, template features)
- Consulting (best practices, content development, online features, etc.)
If you are interested in joining Access Point or would like more information about the program, please contact the Professional Development Office.