Web Development Policy


The purpose of this document is to establish a set of criteria to be maintained in all Web pages created by the Appalachian State University Libraries. This document will be periodically revised.


In keeping with the Library's mission, Library Web pages will:

Organize and provide access to materials and resources that are integral to the educational, scholarly, and intellectual goals of the students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University, as well as other members of the community and region.

Web Committee

The Library Web Committee has responsibility for establishing and maintaining Library Web Page policies and procedures. This committee is chaired by the Web Services Librarian and is open to all Library staff and faculty.

General Information

Each Team at the library will have a web editor(s) who will create and manage content, and who will coordinate the team's web effort. The editor(s) will serve on the web committee, and the editors(s) are responsible for checking links and content regularly.

Do not post personal pages to the library server (use your vms space if you want to post personal pages). Appropriate information about employees, such as name, areas of work specialization, work phone, e-mail address, etc. will be maintained on the Library's Personnel Directory page and may also be included on team directory pages or other pages.


  • Content should be appropriate to the mission of the Library.
  • Pages should be ADA compliant.
  • Terminology and links are to be consistent across the site.
  • When referring to ourselves and our services, use the phrase "Appalachian State University Libraries." References to a specific library, such as Belk, are used only when referring to specific collections and locations within that building.
  • Copyrighted or trademarked material should not be included without permission, and should contain a statement about permission having been granted.
  • Photographs, drawings, video clips or sound clips should have the following permissions: the person(s) who created or who own the rights, and those who are depicted or heard.


  • Long pages should be broken into logical sub-pages, with a table of contents menu.
  • The top of the displayed page should provide a unique, descriptive title for the document (i.e. "Web Development Policy" at the top of this page).
  • Images should contain ALT tag information.

University Policies

Information providers should meet the terms set forth in the University policies governing both publications and computer use. These include: