Usable Library of the Week – St. Joseph County Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Saint Joseph County Public Library, Missouri What I like: Modern look and feel “Browse Downloadables” search box next to catalog search Searchable HTML events calendar Site search

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Usable Library of the Week – Arlington Public Library VA

This week’s usable library is: Arlington Public Library, Virginia What I like: Their Catalog Browse feature: love the option to sort by “Popular” based on checkouts/holds Their eCollection page – includes help, and brings all e-options together (books, audio, streaming, etc.) This library was also featured by Matt Anderson in his 20 Great Public Library Websites post from…

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Usable Library of the Week – GVSU

This series features library sites, pages, or services that are notably user-friendly. Have a usable library that should be featured?  Let me know! This week’s usable library is: Grand Valley State University What I like: Their “Do Better Work” link for research help:

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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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Many libraries, many users: how research libraries solve UX problems

I used to work at a small college library, but this past summer moved to a position at a large research university.   And while the library collections at my new institution are unsurpassed, our very wealth of resources present some interesting usability challenges: Many libraries: my institution has over 70 libraries, many of them highly…

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Top 10 Academic Library Websites 2012

My annual review of academic library websites.  This year I reviewed sites based on the following 10 criteria: Help with research:  If I’m a novice researcher and need to find scholarly sources but don’t know what a “database” is, can I learn to find what I need? ILL:   Can I request a book without needing…

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