Website Redesign

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Website Redesign

  1. 1. The Library @ Stevens Institute Website Redesign Project 2007
  2. 2. Why Redesign? <ul><li>Although the redesign of any website inherently carries some risks, probably the most notable of which is making major changes to a resource that is already familiar to its users, the ever-evolving nature of the internet and the emergence of web 2.0 1 concepts makes an update desirable, if not necessary. Website success can often be traced back to several important concepts, including simplicity in design , logical organization and navigation , media richness , and interactivity 2 . In that vein, the new site should be more intuitive to navigate , and organized to facilitate ease of finding information for all levels of user experience. There should be a focus on technologies enabling communication and interactivity throughout the site, and access to resources and services should be seamless 3 . </li></ul>Sources : [1] McFedries, P. (2006). The Web, Take Two. IEEE Spectrum, 43(6), 68-68 . [2] Palmer, J. (2002). Web Site Usability, Design, and Performance Metrics. Information Systems Research, 13(2) , 151-167 . [3] ACRLog: Formula for Academic Library Success ( http://acrlblog.org/2007/05/14/formula-for-academic-library-success/ )
  3. 3. Objectives: <ul><li>Clear, concise and logical navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Simple, elegant design </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise news and upcoming events </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase art found within the library </li></ul><ul><li>Make database list easier to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>New features such as a message board, policy page, news blog, improved, interactive newsletter </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chief Goals: <ul><li>Optimize space on homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Improve navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Clean up content </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate web 2.0 technology (interactability) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Optimized Layout <ul><li>Better use of space on homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize “prime real estate” for important items </li></ul><ul><li>Where are users used to looking for their info? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Improved Navigation: <ul><li>Navigation on three levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guided navigation for new users (on homepage only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logical hierarchical navigation for normal users (on left-hand side of each page) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quicklinks – direct to resources – for expert users (on top right of every page) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Source : Stephen Abram- http://www.sirsidynix.com/Resources/Pdfs/Company/Abram/ny_metro.pdf
  8. 8. ________________ Expanded Navigation
  9. 9. Re-organized Navigation <ul><li>Better distinction between first and second level navigation… </li></ul><ul><li>Possible new organization </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cleaned-up Content: <ul><li>Redo database list to include alphabetical anchor and subject links ( see Rutgers db page ) </li></ul><ul><li>Update “Resources by Academic Discipline” pages </li></ul><ul><li>Combine multiple pages on same topic using anchor links (ex. Basic Library Research pages could easily be combined into one page ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Integrate Web 2.0 Technology: <ul><li>News Blog ( eSource ) </li></ul><ul><li>Online/IM Reference (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk via Meebo and Meebo chat rooms for multiple users and co-browsing) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace Page , Facebook accounts, groups for outreach, message boards </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Course Pages? (del.icio.us, PBWiki) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Why Blog? <ul><li>Keep Stevens community informed about library news & events </li></ul><ul><li>Draw attention to content buried in library site </li></ul><ul><li>Show how active and necessary library is </li></ul><ul><li>Make library relevant to those not using “traditional” library services and resources by highlighting interesting web resources, services and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Keep us VISIBLE! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Just thinking out loud… <ul><li>What technologies are the students and professors already using? Let’s bring the library to them (without investing in new technology just because it’s “new and cool”)… </li></ul><ul><li>Can we find a way for professors to create course/subject pages with important links, or a way for professors to contribute to our “resources by discipline” (since they are the subject-specialists) [Course Resource Wiki] </li></ul><ul><li>How can we get the users to the content they need? </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Plan: <ul><li>Stage 1: Content updates and organization (Summer 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2: CMS configuration and customization (Fall 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3: Content Migration (Spring 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Website launch: Summer/Fall 2008 </li></ul>
  15. 15. And that’s all folks… <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions? </li></ul>

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