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  • Dual purpose of presentation 1220 Present topic and “What qualifies me for the job?” In the interest of this secondary goal (switch slide)
  • Let me talk about who I am #3 things about meThe first thing (switch slides)
  • Ref and former skater for PSRG Who knows what a roller girl is? Describe sport “Mean Face” story. Moral of story (switch slides)
  • Moral relates to website design. Website not reflective of library image. It needs to be. Second thing about me (switch slides)
  • Love library instruction. Opportunity to transform students My Style: Active learning and story telling. Third thing about me (switch slide)
  • Love library website design. Mission is similar to instruction. (switch slides)
  • Create sanity and simplicity out of extreme complexity. Hoberman sphere. Compare to website. (get audience member to play. Is it easy to use?) in reality : a complex feat of engineering In fact, I love this part of the challenge (switch slide)
  • Kimbel Library circa 2008. Greatest pleasure:Turn a site with major usability issues. (switch slide)
  • into highly usable site that better reflects the library as a whole. “I put the mean face of library websites.” This site currently in development. But its not “Casey Knows Best” (switch slides)
  • employ multiple methodologies to arrive at site design But this presentation isn’t about me. It’s about effective library websites.Before I get started… You tell me! (switch slides)
  • Good characteristics of “ideal” site on sticky note. Post to board. 60 SECONDS Look at suggestions.These are great characterists. Now lets take a quick look at some of the things I would have written on a sticky note. (switch slides)
  • Library websites need to be where the people are, including on the devices they are using. Oregon State is large university. Nearly 24000 students. They done some pretty cool stuff with library mobile website. (switch slide)
  • Homepage Attractive design and graphics Effective layout and use of white space. Clean and professional (switch slides).
  • Their search uses real-world terms (switch slides).
  • Find “books” and “articles” No “catalog” or “periodicals” or even “journals” But the Really great stuff is some of the innovative services. (switch slides)
  • Computer Availability module
  • Connects to Google maps
  • HomepageScroll down
  • Bottom of homepage, One of the cooler features.
  • Map of coffee shopHours (messed up)Yes, coffee line webcam
  • Too cool right?Great features make mobile websites robust and fully developed while being highly usable.Next website also has great features and is really usable. (Switch slides) Switching to NCSU!!
  • North Carolina State University Huge institution over 30,000 students. Well funded research library. Website awarded the 2011 ALA “Cutting Edge Technology Service Award” for its innovation in library website design. For good reason. This site does a lot right. (switch slides)
  • homepage. well designed, a lot going on but uncluttered. Action verbs “Search” “Reserve” “get help” user knows instantly what to do. The search menu uses common language. (switch slides)
  • books, articles, website, etc. Unique “All search” (switch slides)
  • I searched “website design” They are in a transitional phase. Not fully integrated with discovery service. (Summons by Serial Solutions) Still offer books with homegrown catalog Catalog uses Andeca navigation, syndetics book covers and records link to Google preview. This page represents an Interesting way of pullling in resources from multiple locations into one integrated page Would be interesting to test on users. (switch slides)
  • back on homepage (switch slides)
  • cool “groupfinder” feature this is really neat. (switch slides)
  • Web 2.0 integration.Twitter FacebookYoutubeFlickrStream in Twitter feed
  • Have news and events feed(don’t approve of gray text on gray background)
  • real star of the show Highlight under-construction Hunt Library (Fall 2012) example of how website can humanize and promote physical library (switch slides)
  • “Sprit of NC State” videoJust play a few secondsHopefully it works…Final websiteWe’ve already briefly seen (switch slides)
  • Pardon my shameless selfpromotionThe previous school are large and well-funded.Show what a small, understaffed, underfunded library can do.Kimbel Library is doing some great stuff with very few resources.Bring website inline with its new budding image. (switch slides)
  • This is the page I’m currently developingRetains much of the current page, which I also designed and (which focused on critical resource access)(switch slides)
  • We take a different approach to the search.Focus groups showed preference for highly faceted search.Usability studies confirmed effectiveness of this approach. Tremendous increase in success finding critical resources There are some new features too. (switch slides)
  • We’ve had strong web 2.0 presence for several semesters now. FacebookTwitterBlogger And our newsletter, Pulp and Pixels. (check it out)All of which I collect statistics on.New mobile website is currently near completion.(switch slides)
  • Also pull in Twitter feed and promote our blog and events
  • We are exploring use of QR codes.All of the airport Show them my ticketPeople were using them!Possible uses include linking to mobile site, showcasing new items, promoting events, etc.(Switch slides)
  • Here’s what I’m really excited about.Give library human touchShow how we are heart of institution“I am Kimbel Library” series will interview students and faculty about what the library means to them.One of our features will be a Brother and Sister team from Haiti that started attending CCU and working library after fleeing violence in their home country. A truly amazing story that needs to be told.***Wrap up KL. *** Kimbel Library is doing some great things in its physical space.I am working hard to turn Kimbel Library’s website into something worthy.
  • My aim is to make our website as easy to use as this hoberman sphere.The library website is complex, but I want users to not only instantly know how to use it, but to also have fun.*give gift to instruction department. Mention its newQuestion slide is next
  • Effective library websites

    1. 1. Effective Library Websites<br />
    2. 2. Who am I…?<br />
    3. 3. #1<br />
    4. 4. Individual parts have tremendous impact on the whole.<br />
    5. 5. #2<br />
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    7. 7. Complexity intosimplicity .<br />
    8. 8. Kimbel Library Website, 2008<br />#3<br />
    9. 9. Kimbel Library Website (in development)<br />#3<br />
    10. 10. Methodology<br /><ul><li> Informal Conversations
    11. 11. Surveys
    12. 12. Analytics and Heat Mapping
    13. 13. Focus Groups
    14. 14. Formal Usability Studies
    15. 15. Strategic Planning </li></ul>#3<br />
    16. 16. Post what you think!<br />
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