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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Usable Library of the Week: Columbus Metropolitan

This week’s usable library is: Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH What I like: The catalog is well-integrated into the site – consistent banner, consistent  ”Home” navigation E-book search directly from catalog search box: don’t have to be in Overdrive Prominent “Where is it?” button in catalog records Locations link with maps This site was also featured…

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Usable Library of the Week – Arlington Public Library VA

This week’s usable library is: Arlington Public Library, Virginia What I like: Their Catalog Browse feature: love the option to sort by “Popular” based on checkouts/holds Their eCollection page – includes help, and brings all e-options together (books, audio, streaming, etc.) This library was also featured by Matt Anderson in his 20 Great Public Library Websites post from…

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Usable Library of the Week – Portland State University

This week’s usable library is: Portland State University What I like: Library DIY research tutorials LibGuides are well-integrated: same look and feel Course guides (LibGuides) are separated from subject guides Available computers widget

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But how do I ‘Get It?’ – study finds users don’t understand availability

An interesting study from William E. Jones III, Shannon Pritting, & Brian Morgan in the latest issue of the Journal of Web Librarianship: Understanding Availability: Usability Testing of a Consortial Interlibrary Loan Catalog (not open access) The authors conducted a usability study of the IDS consortial interlibrary loan catalog. They were particularly interested in learning how…

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Usable Library of the Week – Northeastern University

This week’s usable library is: Northeastern University What I like: Mobile friendly, especially the “Mobile Research” link  Modern look and feel of Primo discovery tool “Report a problem” link on every Primo record

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Usable Library of the Week – Multnomah County Library

This week’s usable library is: Multnomah County Library What I like: Prominent single search box labeled “Find everything at the library”  searches both catalog and site.  Example: A search for “storytime” returns both book results and library events in a “bento-box” display: “My MCL” links gets users quickly to their holds, checkouts, as well as reading lists…

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