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Better Beginnings aims to promote the wonderful child-parent experience of sharing books and stories from the time they are born. Using subject relevant design principles the website helps parents (and children) quickly identify and locate resources including Libraries, Programs, Books and Events.


The main challenge was implementing the Google Apps/ Geotracker module for libraries that were in remote communities of Western Australia. Due to the enormity of our state, the Google Maps API was having trouble associating postcodes with the libraries of remote communities who's library was more than 75km from the centre of the closest main city, thus returning a nil result when that postcode was searched for. This was resolved by research followed by custom development that allowed for these instances.


Built on Drupal, the website has gained enormous traction represented by site usage statistics and analysis of analytics data. Site features include: Kindergarten/ Pre-Primary program registration tool for teachers and librarians, practitioners private login area with unique content, database architecture and development for the resource centre ('Books and More'), dynamic 'related content' functionality within resource centre, faceted search, Mega-menu, events management module for Better Beginnings programs at all W.A. based public libraries, postcode-based Library Search with Google Maps integration via Geotracker.


I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our beautiful new Better Beginnings website and how great it’s been working with Itomic. Your staff have all been terrific, particularly Annie. She’s been an absolute delight to work with. My staff who’ve been working closely with her over the past month are full of praise for her work. She’s always calm and helpful and nothing has been too much trouble for her. I’m sure you’ll be hearing a bit more from us yet and we hope we can continue to work with Itomic to do some more work on the site over the coming year. Please pass on our thanks to everyone at Itomic who has been involved.

Sue North, State Library of WA