28 Oct 10
Includes prioirity list of Offices to be redesigned.
28 Oct 10
Matrix of Bethel Library Users, Key Information and Tasks.
06 Aug 10
Thirteen templates for the different Web spaces within Bethel's website.
26 Feb 10
Matrix of usability studies done for library websites based on published research.
01 Nov 10
Web list of resources about Library Web Design and Usability. Well-labeled and broken down into useful topic branches.
08 Nov 10
Home page of Elon University which is featured in "Transforming a College" by George Keller.
26 Apr 11
Includes the history of IA and how it applies to Library Science. Good overview of the main concepts involved.
Written by R.E. Wyllys in 2000
- Clarifies the mission and vision for the site, balancing the needs of its sponsoring organization and the needs of its audiences.
- Determines what content and functionality the site will contain.
- Specifies how users will find information in the site by defining its organization, navigation, labeling, and searching systems.
- Maps out how the site will accommodate change and growth over time.
An excellent presentation of this aspect of information architecture is a book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (see Endnote 6), written by two librarians, Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville, who have built a business, Argus Associates, that specializes in the design of Websites. In their book, they emphasize that they "talk about web sites. Not web pages, not home pages. Web sites." They do so because they are concerned with the presentation of information in the whole of a Website, with how the pages within the site relate to each other, and with how the viewer is permitted and/or directed to navigate his or her way around the site.
Despite their concentration on the Web, much of Rosenfeld's and Morville's advice applies not just to Websites but to all collections of information. For example, they say that the first consideration in designing a Website should be to prepare a definition of "what the site will actually be, and how it will work" (their italics). Continuing, they declare that formulating such a definition is
the main job of the information architect, who:
15 Jul 11
Library Home page for Trinity International University in Illinois and other locations.
15 Jul 11
Library home page
15 Jul 11
Home page for Biola Library
09 Aug 11
Article discusses how user experience should be more integrated into the LIS curriculum. It can also be used to inform how libraries implement their services.
Melding foundational practice with the growing interest in creating positive emotional interactions with various services prepares future grads to guide libraries into a user-focused future. This may even yield new certificate programs or pathways to becoming a UX librarian. LIS schools reviewing curricula may want to shift some of the focus placed on materials and process to user needs, behavior, and creating experience. Coursework might include the following:
Kent Gerber on 2011-08-09
This doesn't need to be a full position but can be addressed by current staff in the library who have interest.
LIS schools reviewing curricula may want to shift some of the focus placed on materials and process to user needs, behavior, and creating experience. Coursework might include the following:
• Interpreting & Employing User Research:
• Usability Testing:
• Focus Groups:
• Library Buildings:
• Graphic Design for Libraries:
In the debut column of The User Experience (ow.ly/5jAvW), the core value of empathy took center stage: “You need to listen to and observe your community in order to develop an empathetic focus on people.” Designing the user experience via empathic listening and observation is best done with a focus on the heart, as described in “Office Hours: Heretical Thoughts” (ow.ly/5jABj). Understanding, kindness, and warmth are key ingredients as well.
Kent Gerber on 2011-08-09
This fits with Bethel's concentration of Empathy as strengths.
16 Dec 11
Step by Step process that St. Thomas used to create this list for their subject guides.
22 Dec 11
Your website is most often a prospective student's first impression of the quality of your institution. Not only does it need to be visually attractive, but it needs to have all the features they are expecting — an online application, campus visit requests, cost calculators, online catalogs, etc. — and of course you need to do this on a tight budget. Drupal to the rescue. Drupal is an open-source content management system (CMS) that is robust and flexible. In this session we will demonstrate the power of Drupal, look at some pre-built distributions built on Drupal, and provide you with a list of resources to get you started.
22 Dec 11
Group discussion page about the product created by Harvard with Drupal called Open Scholar.
OpenScholar represents a paradigm shift in how the personal academic and research web sites are created and maintained. Built on the open-source framework Drupal, OpenScholar makes it possible to create academic web sites in a matter of seconds. Each web site comes with a suite of powerful tools from which users can facilitate the creation, distribution, and preservation of knowledge faster and more efficiently than ever before.
OpenScholar allows users to create genuine, feature-rich web sites on the fly in seconds and is designed to host an unlimited number of web sites in a single installation.
24 Feb 12
Article by David Cain and Gary L. Reynolds in APPA | Facilities Manager Magazine that discusses how important Libraries are in student enrollment and retention.
Cited in the Value of Academic Libraries report and important to consider when writing content for prospective students on the Website.
05 Mar 12
Permanent link to aggregation of Library website usability studies.
13 Mar 12
The pool of potential libraries consists of those schools having Carnegie classifications at the baccalaureate or master's levels with student enrollment less than 5000. The aim is to include as many college and small university libraries as possible. Second, we will make every effort to choose libraries from different regions of the country each month, with each of the fifty states, and the District of Columbia, being represented at least once.
As each web site was carefully examined, attention was given to the following factors:
1. Ease of access -- timely connection with a relatively quick load of graphics
2. Content -- useful and relevant, containing breadth and depth, and characterized by accuracy
3. Currency -- an indication of the last update of the site
4. Design -- an eye-catching and appealing overall look, effective use of graphics related to a page's theme, and consistent layout
5. Navigation -- features such as a link back to the home page, site search capability, and site layout.
16 Mar 12
Matthew Reidsma's code and examples of User Interface code he uses on the Library Website at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
16 Mar 12
Article content is useful but also the use of the Comments field to explain the status of the version in the repository is helpful. Includes the statement that is required by Serials Review.
Digital Commons instance for Grand Valley State University.
Kent Gerber's Public Lists (30)
- ACL Scholarly Repositories
- Bethel Homecoming Athletics
- CCCU Digitization Projects
- changing library
- Consortia paper
- DAC Presentation
- Digital Collections Web Space
- Digital Asset Management
- Digital Copyright Issues
- Digital History Resources
- Digital Humanities Presentation
- Digital Library Advisory Committee
- Digital Library Management
- Digital Scholarship Presentation
- ECM and Digital Libraries
- ETD Proposal
- Google Docs Presentation
- Internet History Coursera Class Links
- items to acquire
- King James Bible
- Laptop Learning
- Library Web external analysis
- Native American Sankofa
- Newspapers in Contentdm
- OAI harvesting candidates
- US-Dakota War of 1862
- Web redesign