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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

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Designing For Content Rich Sites

  • 1. Designing for Content-Rich Sites Mike Creech Karen Reiman-Sendi Ken Varnum University of Michigan Library Internet Librarian 2009
  • 2. Introduction Background Usability Process & Design Process Technologies Used Observations & Lessons
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6. Re-Architecting the Site Web Team charge: allow the Dean to find stuff more easily “Information, not location” Harness work with VuFind, LibGuides
  • 7. Seeking/Setting a Direction Information Gathering Surveys Focus Groups Advisory Groups Drafting Blueprints Taxonomy User Interface Technologies
  • 8. Typical Development Process Analysis Maintenance & Updating Spec Building Design & Development Promotion Coding Testing
  • 9. Our Development Process Data Collection & Analysis UI Design Milestone Release User Testing & Feedback Content Migration SystemDevelopment
  • 10. 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
  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 20.
  • 23.
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26.
  • 27.
  • 28. Get Help Contact a librarian Find documentation and guides Workshops & tutorials
  • 29. Observations Ejournals list, not just search QuickLinks My Account Being ‘green’: reusing & recycling code and taxonomy
  • 30. Lessons Top-down process can work Legacy content is a two-edged sword Service providers can be helpful
  • 31. 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
  • 32. 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

Editor's Notes

  1. 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.