Academic libraries using WordPress CMS

Need to redesign your academic library’s website?  Considering switching from your institution’s CMS to WordPress?  You are not alone! Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has increasingly gained popularity in libraries as a content management system.  This has been especially true of public libraries, but more academic libraries are turning to WordPress as well. Here…

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How to get students started with research – Best Academic Library Websites 2012 — Part III

In an effort to provide bewildered undergraduates with a road map through the impossibly convoluted, non-intuitive, and dis-integrated world of library resources, many academic libraries have added “getting started with research” pages to their sites. This is a good thing! But too many of these guides only make the research process even more intimidating by…

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Getting rid of jargon: a library website usability study

My library just completed our first library website usability study.  We asked five undergraduates to perform 10 tasks.  We kept it simple, using a video camera to capture mouse movement and think-alouds,  observing the participants, and taking notes.  The entire study cost under $100. We are still digesting the findings, but one thing we immediately…

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