Usable Library of the Week – Montana State University

This week’s usable library is: Montana State University   What I like: Simple, understandable home page design:  ”Find” “Request” and “Services” Jargon-free: ILL is under “Request” Articles page subjects list: “I want to do research in…”

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Usable Library of the Week: Queens Library

This week’s usable library is: Queens Library, NY What I like: Site and catalog are searchable together from a single search box Book search results display in site, not in catalog silo (using their homegrown ILS) “Entertainment” tab describes all audio/visual formats Amazon-like social features: e.g. “recently borrowed”

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Usable Library of the Week – Portland Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine   What I like: Using the Library help pages: Find Materials and How to Use My PPL Events calendar is searchable from site search Easy to use search filters on Research page

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Usable Library of the Week – St. Joseph County Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Saint Joseph County Public Library, Missouri What I like: Modern look and feel “Browse Downloadables” search box next to catalog search Searchable HTML events calendar Site search

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Usable Library of the Week – Michigan Historical Center

This week’s usable library is: Seeking Michigan – Michigan Historical Center   What I like: Clean, contemporary design using WordPress theme Basic and advanced search are cleverly combined in a single search box “Discover” page links to browse lists for different collections, seamlessly integrating ContentDM results into site

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Usable Library of the Week – Hendrix College

This week’s usable library is: Hendrix College   What I like: Uncluttered, clean look and feel – lots of white space Responsive site works well on tablets and phone Jargon-free This site was also featured on ALA’s College Library Website of the Month

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After you find it, then what? New study looks at post-discovery services

Jody L. DeRidder and Kathryn G. Matheny performed an excellent study of how faculty use online databases to find primary source materials. The study looks at both how faculty search for materials as well as how they manage content after searching, and reveals shortcomings in services for post-discovery stages of the research process.  Their findings are in…

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