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Website Update / Call for testing!

By Brian Egan on August 13, 2009 6:08 PM | Permalink
I just wanted to take a quick minute to show you the work Michael and I have been doing this week to prepare the new home page launch. In addition to changing the home page, we've also been asked to extend the width of all library pages to match the width of our new home page. It was determined by looking at our website statistics that it is now safe for us to use a wider layout.

To check out our work so far (which is nearing completion), please check out the Library Website on Set.

One change you might immediately notice is the improvement to the top-level pages, such as "About Us" and "Site Search." We've taken the previously hard to read lists and formatted them using a style similar to the new home page. We hope this makes the sections more scannable, and therefore easier to identify information.

Furthermore, you might notice that Michael had the idea to split up the old "Help and Instruction" link into "Help" and "Using the Library," each with their own page. We hope this will address problems found while performing usability studies.

New! Music & Video Search

By Brian Egan on August 4, 2009 6:11 PM | Permalink

Over the last few weeks I've been obsessed with working on the home page, and one important feature in particular: the new music & video search tab.

Previously, it was a real pain to find music & video as there wasn't a very good mechanism to do so. We didn't provide a specific search for it, and using limits in the catalog, as I'm sure all of you know, can be confusing (what, students overlook "A-V materials?" Shocking!).

Furthermore, we have our music split up into two different material types, "MUSIC RCDG" and "MUSIC CD," and it's impossible to limit to two different material types with the WebOPAC interface. Now, the material types problems will be fixed when Marilyn completes her material type (format) label changes, but we still wanted to provide a more intuitive interface for music searching than just limiting/modifying a search.