I’m Leon, head of digital and marketing at Suffolk Libraries. I’ve worked in digital and, to a lesser extent, IT, since 2008.
I live in Ipswich, Suffolk in the UK. In my current role, I’m responsible for lots of things, including marketing, our website and the apps we develop. I conceived and led the development of Verso, our own library self-service system, a progressive web app now sold by software developers Dootrix to other library services.
What I do
My background is in planning, building and running websites, apps and online marketing. This has expanded to include all forms of marketing, on and offline – I formulate and deliver digital and marketing strategies.
I’ve also got extensive experience of managing complex digital projects. I work with stakeholders, customers and agencies, balancing time and financial constraints. I normally work using an agile framework, and have facilitated several design sprints.
I’ve got some technical experience too:
- Focusing on performance and security, mainly through using static websites. I developed the Suffolk Libraries website using this method – it was probably the first non-profit/governmental website of its type in the UK.
- Developing websites using the Jekyll static site generator
- Using the Liquid templating language
- Using Netlify for fast and safe hosting, forms and automated site builds
- Using Git for easy deployment and back-ups
- Using Forestry and Netlify CMS to create content management systems for non-technical editors
If appropriate, I can use WordPress or Kirby to create sites that require a back end.
I’ve also blogged about working on the web since 2008. My blog post about how TechRadar attempt to get round GDPR through using dark design patterns was cited by the California Office of Law when formulating the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (scroll to the bottom of the page to Appendix C, 15 day period).
This site is built using Jekyll, a static site generator, and hosted by Netlify, who specialise in hosting static sites. Netlify connects to Git (well, Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket), which means that when I push a change to my repo, the website is updated. This is a very good way to work. I recommend Netlify — they also offer forms, redirects and even AWS services integration.
There's also a basic API you can use to get the site content in