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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Usable Library of the Week – Sacramento Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Sacramento Public Library  What I like: Online Services Login Guide at point-of-need on Research page Connect page features all social media in one place FAQ and “How Do I” on both home page and in navigation; prominent and usable Clutter-free layouts with large, readable fonts and lots of white space…

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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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Usable Library of the Week – Whittier College

This week’s usable library is: Whittier College   What I like: Intuitive home page Finding full text articles visually explains how to read an article Services and support page is clearly divided into student and faculty menus

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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: Queens Library

This week’s usable library is: Queens Library, NY What I like: Site and catalog are searchable together from a single search box Book search results display in site, not in catalog silo (using their homegrown ILS) “Entertainment” tab describes all audio/visual formats Amazon-like social features: e.g. “recently borrowed”

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Usable Library of the Week – Portland Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine   What I like: Using the Library help pages: Find Materials and How to Use My PPL Events calendar is searchable from site search Easy to use search filters on Research page

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Usable Library of the Week – Michigan Historical Center

This week’s usable library is: Seeking Michigan – Michigan Historical Center   What I like: Clean, contemporary design using WordPress theme Basic and advanced search are cleverly combined in a single search box “Discover” page links to browse lists for different collections, seamlessly integrating ContentDM results into site

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