New Historic University Pinboards from Digital Initiatives

Students working in the Digital Initiatives department have been pinning new historic university images to several new boards on Pinterest, a website that allows users to organize and share photos. In an August news blog post, Lena Chapin described how this department is using this social media tool to share the history of Ohio University. […]

Ohio University Libraries Launches New Website

On June 12, 2012, the Ohio University Libraries’ new website was launched, blasting users into a brighter, easier and more up-to-date online learning environment. New features of the website include a brand new all-inclusive search tool, ArticlesPlus; the latest library news and events; and drop down menus for easier navigation. Development on the site will […]

Introducing ArticlesPlus

One of the most prominent features of our new web site is our new search tool, ArticlesPlus. ArticlesPlus is from the same provider, EBSCOhost, as Academic Search Complete, so its design and features may look familiar. However, ArticlesPlus is a much more comprehensive search tool. In one interface, ArticlesPlus searches all of the EBSCOhost databases, […]

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 […]