[kids-lib] ALSC's Great Websites for Kids Relaunched with New Look

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Dec 21 14:49:34 PST 2011

Hello!  I just received the following press release announcing the American Library Association's Great Websites for Kids (http://gws.ala.org/).  This may be a great resource to use to select website to link to from your library's website or when providing reference services to children and their adults. As always, be sure to review all websites prior to linking to them from your library's website and make sure they align with your library's Internet Policy<http://www.ala.org/alsc/issuesadv/internettech/childrentheinternetpoliciesthatwork>.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
From: Laura Schulte-Cooper [lschulte at ala.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:02 PM
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Subject: [alsc-l] ALSC's Great Websites for Kids Relaunched with New Look

Please pardon the cross-postings! Great news…


ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids Relaunches with New Look

Great Websites for Kids (GWS) (www.ala.org/greatsites or gws.ala.org), the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) online website directory, has been completely redesigned. The updated site boasts a fresh and colorful kid-friendly look and interactive social media enhancements.

Clear, bright icons display subject categories and appear on every page, while eye-catching thumbnail images provide a visual preview of each great site represented. Special sections highlight Sites of the Week and Month, Most Popular pages, and Top Rated selections. Prompts for each site offer “more selections like this.”

Visitors can actively connect with the site and further their online experience by rating sites; sharing their favorites on social media sites such as Facebook; and emailing recommendations to friends.

“Great Websites for Kids is a prime example of the essential work librarians do in disseminating high quality information,” said Mary Fellows, ALSC President. “The GWS transformation is a content-rich, visually exciting advancement for a terrific tool.”

The recent updates to GWS are part of a two-phase makeover for the popular site. Phase two improvements will take place in 2012 and include further development of “social” functionality and interactivity.

Laura M. Schulte-Cooper | Program Officer, Communications
Association for Library Service to Children | American Library Association
50 E. Huron St. | Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-280-2165 | Fax: 312-280-5271 | lschulte at ala.org
ALA Youth Media Awards | 01/23/12 | 7:45 a.m. CT | Dallas<http://www.facebook.com/alayma>

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