Usable Library of the Month – Saint Mary’s College of Maryland

This month’s usable library is: Saint Mary’s College of Maryland What I like: Prominent single search box on homepage with tagline “find better answers in the library’s collections” Clean, mobile-friendly design Services for Faculty pages with infographics outlining the library’s journal review process and usage statistics  

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Usable Library of the Month – Stratford Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Stratford Public Library, Ontario What I like: Accessibility options at the top of every page include “change contrast” and “accessibility feedback” Responsive, mobile-friendly Good layouts, readable fonts, good use of white space “Get started” links on home page  

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They love the library (and Google too) – Findings from the “Research Confession Booth”

Last week my colleague Odile Harter and I presented at Designing For Digital, a library UX conference.  We shared preliminary findings from our ongoing user study we call the “Research Confession Booth.” Slides from the conference are available here. The study: Our “Research Confession Booth” is modeled on the “confession cams” from reality TV shows –…

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Report from Designing 4 Digital – A Library UX conference

This week I attended Designing For Digital, a new library UX conference held in Austin, TX.  The brainchild of Judy Siegel and Bonnie Tijerina, D4D aims to: “educate and expose library and information professionals to colleagues working on user experience, discovery, design and usability projects inside and outside of libraries.” Attendees, though small in number, came…

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Usable Library of the Month – Emory University

This month’s usable library is: Emory University Library What I like: Solves the problem of upper right search box confusion with a dropdown menu. Mobile friendly Excellent Library Simplified tutorial Intuitive, simple navigation Jargon-free menu labels:  “Library Materials,” “Using the Library,” “Research and Learning”    

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Usable Library of the Month – Houston Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Houston Public Library What I like: Newly redesigned!  Compare to the previous site (Internet Archive snapshot.) Accessible, mobile, responsive design Breadcrumbs for ease of navigation Main menu labels simplified, jargon removed: “Find it, Learn & Explore, Research, Get Involved.” Events calendar fully integrated into site

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Top 10 Academic Library Websites 2014

Here are my favorite academic libraries of 2014. I expected this year’s sites to be: Unified – I wanted a seamless, integrated research experience.  I looked for cross-platform search tools, integration with courses,  and built-in, non-siloed research guides. Instructive – I wanted the site to teach me how to be a better researcher.  I looked for embedded…

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Usable Library of the Week – Addison Public

This week’s usable library is: Addison Public Library, IL What I like: Attractive, easy-to-read design Responsive and mobile-friendly Jargon-free “Book a Librarian” on the research page “Confused? Book a Tech” on the e-books page, right where you most need it Big “Order items” button is much more understandable than ILL  

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Usable Library of the Week – Champlain College

This week’s usable library is: Champlain College, Vermont What I like: A small college (2,000 enrollment) with a great website! Lots of help – this site is clearly focused on helping students through the entire research experience, with easy-to-find help for everything from writing an annotated bibliography to evaluating sources. Research How Tos As with…

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Usable Library of the Week – Universiteit Gent

This week’s usable library is: Universiteit Gent, Belgium What I like: Their Blacklight search interface: lots of white space and large fonts for clean, readable look and feel Search detail includes “For Librarians” and “For Developer” tabs with access to MARC/XML/JSON records as well as links to open datasets Both Permalink and Citing are prominent…

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