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How to host a website cleanup event

August 22, 2023

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a library website must be in want of a good cleanup. Web pages can seem to proliferate of their own accord, especially for libraries. Research guides, blog posts, event pages, yearly reports, staff profiles, database descriptions—librarians generate a lot of content. Among the important items, however, are plenty of outdated, forgotten, and even inaccurate pages that should be deleted or heavily revised. Just like your collections, your library’s website should be weeded regularly.

Cleaning up web content often feels like a chore. But you can make it feel fun with a collaborative event! In this post, I’ll share a few examples that I’ve participated in, and I’ll provide strategies for scoping the event and ensuring that you target the content that is truly useless and outdated.

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I write monthly posts for LibTech Insights, a blog about technology in academic libraries from Choice, an ACRL/ALA publisher.