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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Usable Library of the Week – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This week’s usable library is: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign What I like: Site recently redesigned – big improvement over their previous site! Library Technology shows available items at a glance – from flash drives to dry erase board accessories Libraries and Hours display what libraries are currently open Search tool returns “bento-box” like results…

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Usable Library of the Week – Westerville Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Westerville Public Library, Ohio What I like: Integrated “Global Search” across site and collections – try searching “Storytime” to see both events and books Suggest-as-you-type feature in search – can easily get to items without viewing full search results Overview  page under “Books, Movies, and More” allows users to easily browse…

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Usable Library of the Week – University of Minnesota

This week’s usable library is: University of Minnesota Library What I like: Minimal space on home page devoted to marketing, leaving more room for user services Right sidebar on home page with direct links to courses and popular  databases, as well as A-Z lists Point-of-need help embedded throughout the site, and presented in user-friendly, easily…

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Usable Library of the Week – Hennepin County Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Hennepin County Public Library What I like: Recently redesigned:  The previous design had a left menu with somewhat jargon-heavy links like “databases” and “subject guides.”  The new site has a modern, fullscreen, fully responsive layout with large, clean fonts, lots of white space, a prominent search box, and less clutter.  The…

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