Coming Soon: Ohio University Online History Project

As we approach the time when incoming freshman begin to claim their spots as Ohio University students, the Ohio University Libraries and campus partners are developing a project aimed largely at future Bobcats. Conceived in 2012, “Ohio University: An Online History,” will be a multi-media Web site presenting the University’s rich history to initiate freshmen […]

Website home page A or B?

Update: We heard from 87 OU faculty, staff, and students. Enough for an accurate statistical representation of the total OU population? Probably not. But we appreciated hearing your thoughts on the two versions of the library’s home page. And the results are that the home page will be staying the same. Thank you to everyone […]

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. […]