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Webpages, research guides from Springshare’s LibGuides, licensed content, full-text journals, subject experts, digital collections ... and books online and offline. How is a library patron to figure ...

Webpages, research guides from Springshare’s LibGuides, licensed content, full-text journals, subject experts, digital collections ... and books online and offline. How is a library patron to figure out what’s what in this complex environment? Using independently developed tools from various systems to build a seamless whole, the UM library rebuilt its website, bringing the information patrons want into the forefront and the byzantine path to get it in the background. Speakers share results of extensive user studies, how they iteratively designed the site, and discuss the opensource technologies (Solr, Lucene, Drupal, XML, VuFind) that make it work. Mike Creech, Karen Reiman-Sendi, and Ken Varnum of the University of Michigan Library.

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  • Bold for titles; no italicsNot-bold for slide textKRS:We’d like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about our project to design a content-rich academic library web site.We will be presenting information about our web site redesign project for the next several minutes, and will happily take questions at the end.

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  • Designing for Content-Rich Sites
    Mike Creech
    Karen Reiman-Sendi
    Ken Varnum
    University of Michigan Library
    Internet Librarian 2009
  • Introduction
    Background
    Usability Process & Design Process
    Technologies Used
    Observations & Lessons
  • Where We Started
  • Re-Architecting the Site
    Web Team charge: allow the Dean to find stuff more easily
    “Information, not location”
    Harness work with VuFind, LibGuides
  • Seeking/Setting a Direction
    Information Gathering
    Surveys
    Focus Groups
    Advisory Groups
    Drafting Blueprints
    Taxonomy
    User Interface
    Technologies
  • Typical Development Process
    Analysis
    Maintenance &
    Updating
    Spec Building
    Design &
    Development
    Promotion
    Coding
    Testing
  • Our Development Process
    Data Collection
    & Analysis
    UI Design
    Milestone
    Release
    User Testing & Feedback
    Content Migration
    SystemDevelopment
  • The Foundation
    We  open source software
    Preference for building over buying
    Trend toward customization of generic tool
    We have in-house capability to customize
    Drupal, VuFind, Solr
    But use more than open source
    Still live in a vendor-driven environment
    Metalib, EZProxy, SFX, Aleph ILS
  • Our Tool Box
  • Today’s Gateway
  • Search
  • Articles Search
  • Catalog Search
  • Browse
  • Get Help
    Contact a librarian
    Find documentation and guides
    Workshops & tutorials
  • Observations
    Ejournals list, not just search
    QuickLinks
    My Account
    Being ‘green’: reusing & recycling code and taxonomy
  • Lessons
    Top-down process can work
    Legacy content is a two-edged sword
    Service providers can be helpful
  • What’s Next?
    Respond to outcomes from usability testing and patron feedback
    Future tools and functionality -- i.e., article discovery
    Building increasingly personalized services on top of new foundation
  • Q&A
    Mike Creech
    Web Content Manager
    mscreech@umich.edu
    Karen Reiman-Sendi
    Digital Information Services Librarian
    karsendi@umich.edu
    Ken Varnum
    Web Systems Manager
    varnum@umich.edu
    Slides
    http://bit.ly/1btBWR