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Introducing the U.S. Web Design Standards

On Monday, 18F and the U.S. Digital Service announced the new U.S. Web Design Standards: In creating these tools, we set out to accomplish four goals: Make the best thing, the easiest thing. … Be accessible out of the box. … Design for flexibility. … Reuse, reuse, reuse. … I think it is safe to say that we in libraries (and library... more

About the New Website

Why the change? The way people access the web has changed. Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have proliferated. The new site is designed to accommodate screens of all sizes. The way people search has changed. Users now expect a simpler search experience, and the new homepage aims to deliver that. The way the web looks... more

Recent Improvements to the Library Catalog

Based on recent suggestions from our reference librarians, we have pushed a few key improvements to the library catalog into production: Due date: Due date now displays on record pages for items that are checked out. Yes, that’s right, you won’t have to check classic view to see when something is due. Call number browsing:... more

A New (Mobile) Home Page

In a first attempt at creating a more mobile-friendly website*, I have just released a significant update to the home page. With the help of the web committee (Anna, Chris, Kaeley, Lauren, and Rebecca) to test and discuss changes throughout the process, I have worked to establish a similar user experience across a range of... more

Improving the Format Facet in the Catalog

by Kevin Gilbertson and Carolyn McCallum Earlier this year, Carolyn and I embarked on an ambitious project to revise VuFind’s format facet. This facet – Book, eBook, DVD, etc. – powers the main search box on the library’s homepage and provides enhanced browsing in the catalog itself. While the immediate reason for the project was... more

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners for Publishing Year 2011 have been announced and ZSR has them. Check out these award winners: The prize in fiction went to Edith Pearlman for Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Lookout Books), a collection of 34 Chekhov-like short stories that was also nominated for the National Book... more

Voyager System Migration

Our Voyager system (AKA the ‘Classic View’ catalog and supporting services) will be migrating to a new home starting December 19 at 9AM. While we are not expecting significant downtime, there may be interruptions in the service or sluggishness in its performance. The system migration should be completed sometime tomorrow – a more precise schedule... more

Web Committee February Feedback Results

The Web Committee would like to share some highlights from its Valentine’s Day feedback table. That’s right – we gave away heart-shaped sweets on Valentine’s Day in exchange for website feedback. (And guess what – they had only lovely things to say. What’s that? Something wrong with our research methodology?) Adjacent to Starbucks in the... more

Web Committee Update, Fall 2010

The Web Committee (Kevin, Lauren, Gretchen, Audra, Kaeley, Chris, and Mary R.) had a busy fall and we thought we would share a summary of what we accomplished last semester. Two big projects included the implementation of our social media plan and the transformation of the homepage carousel. Our social media plan featured an increased... more

Professional Achievement on the website

We have recently added a new page to the library website: Professional Achievement, a running list of staff publications and presentations. While many of the items can also be found in the most recent annual report, we hope the list continues to grow, to highlight our contributions to librarianship. So send us your latest and... more