This week’s usable library is:
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 essential links (e.g. “My account”) are easily found in the upper right, where users look for them.
- Instead of lumping all databases in to a big, confusing list, the new site presents intuitive topic pages like “Business and Employment” or “Genealogy and local history.”
- The Events Calendar is fully integrated into the site, and searchable.
- The library catalog is fully integrated into the site, and looks great!
I learned about this redesign thanks to Aaron Schmidt, who reviewed the site in his recent post “Library Websites Worth Looking At.”
HCPL redesigned homepage:
Homepage before redesign: