Ohio University Libraries Pins History

“I’d Pin that,” is a phrase being uttered all around the nation as the new social media platform, Pinterest, gains addicts everywhere. “I’d pin that” is exactly what Digital Initiatives (DI) Coordinator Janet Carleton thought as she and her team delved further into the idea of bringing Ohio University’s first female graduate back to life through social media. […]

Asking our Users—Paper Prototype

After card sorting, the next usability test was paper prototyping. Paper prototyping is great because not a line of code has to be written to test your website. You draw (by hand or on a computer) what you want the pages of your website to look like and include the terminology tested in card sorting. […]

Asking Our Users — Card Sorting

The redesign process for the Libraries’ new website started with a small group of librarians and one programmer (hereafter called library web team). They began by examining other academic library websites and looking at the statistics for the now old website. This was a good start. However, a key voice was missing from the discussion. […]

The Ryan Collection Brings History to Life on BBC4

On June 10, 2012, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke about his experience with WWII on the radio news network, BBC4. Considering Eisenhower died in 1961, this was an incredible feat, yet it was possible thanks to the Ryan Collection housed in Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.  The late Cornelius Ryan […]

Under the Hood, a Technical Look at Alden’s New Website

As you have noticed our website has undergone some very serious changes when it comes to the appearance, navigation, and organization. However, these changes are not just skin deep. Even though putting a fresh face on our website, and tying it more closely to the visual theme of Ohio University was part of our decision to […]

Designing Change

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. – Francis Bacon, The Essays, 1597 As mentioned in our previous posts, we had a variety of reasons for making changes to our web site. It’s not that our old site was bad, it was just old. That means that it […]

Explaining the Website Changes

Change is not always easy, but it is often necessary. Ohio University Libraries has changed a lot on you, as far as our virtual presence. As you may have noticed, we have a brand new website. But you will still find Alden Library and the same helpful, friendly staff at 30 Park Place. There are […]

Alden’s Lynn Shostack Adaptive Technology Room Helps Students Succeed

Ohio University student Matt Burger has been blind since age four, despite this “disability,” Burger has been able to accomplish goals many said he could not do. Burger, a senior studying meteorology and mathematics, is also a frequent patron of the Lynn Shostack Adaptive Technology Room. The adaptive technology room, created through the Shostack endowment, […]

OIT Upgrades Wireless in Alden Library Ahead of Schedule

Ohio Information Technology upgraded the wireless networking in Alden Library on Thursday after moving the expected project completion date up – twice. The upgrade was originally schedule for early May, but was moved up to April 30 earlier this month, then to Thursday April 26 to help deal with problems with the old network. OIT […]

Recording of Introductory RefWorks Workshop Now Available

Alden Library hosted its very first online RefWorks workshop today via Adobe Connect. Education Librarian Chris Guder covered the basics of RefWorks, including creating an account, sending citations to your RefWorks database, creating citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, and creating a bibliography of items from a RefWorks folder. A recording of the approximately half […]