- Put digital collections on front page
- A page for visitors
- Clear paths/pathways
- Less text
- FAQ on front page
- The website should be more of a learning tool for using the library
- Staff pictures
- Make things more user friendly and easy to find
- Hours dominant
- That the main area is so small and doesn't scale up when I resize my window
- Get rid of the clutter
- Make it more obvious that Quick Search isn't the catalog
John's still working on the mockups of various top-level pages, but I envision our FAQ to be a lot like the one at UNT Libraries here.
We still hope for it to include both textual answers and short screencasts, but the UNT site gives a pretty good illustration of the general set-up and categories.
A working prototype of this will be among the first things created once our Drupal instances are in place and the site starts coming together. This is definitely something that we'll need a lot of input on from just about every group in the Libraries.
If you have other ideas about the FAQ/Knowledge Base, let us know in the comments or send me an email!
Some of you may recall the earlier version of the map (a massive PDF/Illustrator behemoth, one version of which is still hanging next to my desk). This update incorporates feedback from a series of meetings with groups and individuals throughout the Libraries (including Admin; the group formerly known as Instruction; Circulation; Computer Services; and people in charge of Gov Docs, Distance Ed., and Microforms) as well as general changes that became clear as we thought more about user needs.
Here's a quick primer on how to read it:
Here is an image, for example...
Comments and questions are welcome, but keep in mind that these are a 1st draft that WMC hasn't even talked about yet. The mock-ups that will be discussed in Cabinet next Wednesday will be based on these, but these are not them.
The WMC has worked out some basic content that may appear on the top-level pages of the redesigned website. We plan on having some mock-ups and additional supporting material ready for the January 2011 Cabinet meeting, but here's what we've hashed out so far (link only works from within the library).
In the next 2 weeks, we should have some preliminary mock-ups available for your viewing pleasure. Until then, comments are welcome, either here on the blog or in person with any of the Web Management Committee members (Brian, Cory L., Patrick, Tamera, and me).