August 25, 2008

New Library Home Page

On August 18, 2008 the Alloway Library launched its new home page. It marks a significant upgrade to the original library home page, which was launched in 1998 by University Librarian Ted Goshulak. While the original page has evolved over the years, we felt it was time to do a major overhaul to update the look and navigation of the page.

After we completed the initial design, we did extensive usability testing across the range of our users, including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and native and non-native English speakers. We then ran the page as a beta version, linked from the old home page for most of the summer, to ensure there were no major problems. Thank you to all those who participated in usability testing and who have sent us feedback.

The development of the new site was a cooperative effort on the part of all the librarians, but special thanks should go to Hank Suderman, our technical support specialist, who took our ideas and turned them into HTML.

In addition to the new look and streamlined navigation, the new home page has several features that users should find useful:
  • It's now possible to search the catalogue from home page using the search function in the bar near the top of the page.
  • The results of Google Scholar searches done through the link on the library home page will contain direct links to e-journals to which we subscribe. While we don't recommend Google Scholar as a user's primary search tool, it's still a useful method of finding electronic resources.
  • The Quick Guide explains the major features of the new library home page and is hot linked to allow you to proceed directly to the area of the site you're interested in.
  • The Floor Plan maps are now linked to photos of the areas.
Have a look at the new site and if you have any questions or feedback, be sure to contact us through one of the links on the library home page.

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