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, […]

We hear you–Part 2

It was not all rainbows and puppies. Ideally we want all of our users to think the new website is easy to use and intuitive. Realistically we know we will not please all of our users all of the time. We also know change is never easy. We took away a familiar site with all […]

We hear you–Part 1

As of August 13, 2012, we received 145 comments and questions through the website’s feedback form. The feedback form is not the only way we receive comments, sometimes it is in person at Kroger. Changing our website sure has people talking. We hear the good, bad, and everything in between, and we take it all […]

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. […]

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 […]

Help Us Test Our New Website

Alden Library’s website is changing! And we need your help. We are looking for Ohio University undergraduate or graduate students who are at least 18 years-old. You will be asked to complete 10 short tasks using paper drawings of the new website design. It should take between 15 and 20 minutes. The library’s website plays […]