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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

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

Website Focus Group

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be holding a student focus group about our website on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 3PM to 4PM. We want to ask you a few questions about the new look and evaluate the usefulness of the design changes. If you have a few minutes, we would appreciate your help.... more

A new look for the website

As you can see, we have updated the look of the library website. We’ve moved some things around and added a few things to the home page but, overall, it should be familiar. So what’s next? Well, first, we want to know what you think of the new look. Like it? Dislike it? Easier to... more

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