8 Design    PrinciplesFor a Better Library Web    User Experience
Organize by user needs,not by internal structures      and facilities.
Streamline access to search & research.
Present Library as place,  space, & community.
Embed instructionwhere appropriate (not
Facilitate richengagement with our special physical and
Make our site accessible, responsive, & search   engine-friendly.
Enable embedded news &    updates from our   distributed service
Make content updates       easy.
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  • Allow discovery of services beyond physical location.\n
  • We do ok with this, but we could make the signal to noise ratio even better. \nEasy access to Virgo, Journal Finder, Databases A-Z, Subject Guides.\n
  • Doing well with #1 allows us some breathing room to work on these areas. Undergraduates are almost solely concerned with these areas, and we see in analytics and other assessments a focus on hours, room reservations, etc. We can add events, blogs, etc.\n
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  • Huge “crossover” potential of special collections (public scholarship, etc.) and especially important as our broad base of collections goes digital. Treat coherent digital collections as just that. Exhibits and named collections get extra love.\n
  • Make sure users can find our stuff (and not just our home page) in Google. Deep links.\n
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  • U.Va. Library - Site Design Principles

    1. 1. 8 Design PrinciplesFor a Better Library Web User Experience
    2. 2. Organize by user needs,not by internal structures and facilities.
    3. 3. Streamline access to search & research.
    4. 4. Present Library as place, space, & community.
    5. 5. Embed instructionwhere appropriate (not
    6. 6. Facilitate richengagement with our special physical and
    7. 7. Make our site accessible, responsive, & search engine-friendly.
    8. 8. Enable embedded news & updates from our distributed service
    9. 9. Make content updates easy.
    10. 10. Thanks!

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