Usable Library of the Month – Boston College

This month’s usable library is: Boston College Library What I like: Newly redesigned, fully responsive site uses LibGuides CMS Search results returned in “bento-box” style, with articles and books separated (see this article for more on bento box search) Includes link to old library website to ease transition Database dropdown under search box provides quick access to known…

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Usable Library of the Month – Baldwin Public Library, MI

This month’s usable library is: Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI What I like: Recent redesign Responsive Drupal site Clear distinction between website and catalog search Link icon indicate when a user is being taken to an external site (e.g. events calendar)

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Usable Library of the Month – Luther College

This month’s usable library is: Luther College, Iowa What I like: Easy to understand, jargon-free explanations for Finding Primary Sources, Evaluating Internet sites, Check for print or Electronic Journal Availability, and more Point-of-need links to tutorials and help on Find Scholarly Articles page Clean, modern look and feel: sans-serif fonts, lots of white space, good color scheme Responsive Breadcrumb…

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Usable Library of the Month – University of Toronto

This month’s usable library is: University of Toronto What I like: New site launched in May, 2015.  For a comparison, see old site snapshot at the Internet Archive. Search upgraded from tabbed to single search box The “Find a specific article” page Excellent outreach on new site design and launch, including why site was redesigned and opportunities…

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Usable Library of the Month – Malden Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Malden Public Library, MA What I like: Recently redesigned site – big improvement over previous site Responsive, mobile-friendly Good use of WordPress Nice integration with social media

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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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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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