Fort Vancouver Regional Library

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is a library system in Southwest and South Central Washington State that spans three counties. My roles on the project were full-stack developer and information architect. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District graphics team provided the site's visual design.

We've ... learned many Drupal administrative skills that have made site maintenance much more efficient than before. Sara Teas, Fort Vancouver Regional Library

I worked with the library's Website Task Force to identify the goals and scope of a new website project, including:

  • Allow users to easily complete critical tasks: search for library materials, find library events, find branch library locations and find library contact information.
  • Automatically translate English-language content to Spanish and Russian, with the option of translating to additional languages in the future.
  • Include a "featured content" area for the library's marketing department to use to promote library news and events.
  • Allow users to customize their experience by saving a branch location as a preference for displaying news, events and hours of operation.
  • Integrate with the library's third-party events system (Trumba).
  • Provide mobile user experience through responsive design.
  • I lead two rounds of usability testing of both the mobile and desktop designs.
The site menu in Russian

A preference for community

With 16 locations spread over 100 miles, each community thinks of its own library as the center of the library system.

Branch computer stations are set with their preferred branch, which automatically displays the branch's hours and related promotional slides on the site's home page.

Patrons can control this preference at home and on their mobile devices, and the site preserves patron privacy by storing the setting on the patron's device rather than on their servers.

Most importantly, you've helped us change our website culture from one of "we can't" to "let's try it." Sara Teas, Fort Vancouver Regional Library

Site features

  • Drupal 7
  • Fully responsive
  • Automatic machine translation
  • Events from Trumba
  • Chat from QuestionPoint