Usable Library of the Week – MIT Library

This week’s usable library is: MIT Libraries What I like: Their homepage: recently redesigned!  See before here.  Updated look, good mobile functionality, and more intuitive menus.   LibGuides and research assistance is prominent on the homepage: “Research Guides and Experts” E-Resource troubleshooting page

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Journals, articles, and databases: Guiding users through the e-resource maze

My library recently launched a new user-friendly journals page.  This page (which I did not create – credit goes to my talented colleagues!) is a great improvement over the previous design.  It has started me thinking about some of the challenges libraries face when providing e-resource access points. Academic library web sites usually have pages labeled…

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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 – 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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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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Testing web-scale discovery services: how well do they work?

My library is currently evaluating web-scale discovery services. We are considering Exlibris’ Primo, Proquest’s Summon, Ebsco’s EDS, and OCLC’s WorldCat Local. (If you want to learn more about web scale discovery, I recommend Athena Hoeppner’s good overview.) As part of this process I’ve been looking at how libraries have implemented these four services. For this…

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What is it? Helping students decipher online resources

Is it a book?  An online journal article? A website?  What is the title?  Is it scholarly? Undergraduate students often struggle with these questions when they encounter resources in a Google search. They have trouble determining if they are looking at a webpage or an e-journal, and cannot decipher article or book citations. This is…

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