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University of Saskatchewan Homepage Redesign

  1. 1. IT Librarian Presentation Redesigning the University of Saskatchewan Library Homepage
  2. 2. Introduction: The Challenge <ul><li>“ The Library will be redesigning its home page. You have been asked to critique our current home page incorporating current best practices in user-centered web design.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. From a strategic plan perspective <ul><li>Vision statement : “As leaders and innovators in a dynamic information environment, we collaborate with our community to create a positive experience that leads to success in learning, scholarship and practice.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Statement: In fulfilling the University Mission and Strategic Directions, we: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create, select, acquire, organize and preserve information resources to meet current and emerging teaching, learning and research needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach and empower our community to find, evaluate and use information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove barriers to access and ensure user-centered Library services, resources and facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships and partnerships internally and externally </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Mission, Vision: Central Ideas <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>User-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Positive experience </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul>
  5. 5. Architecture and Design Principles <ul><li>Information Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>User-centered Design </li></ul>
  6. 6. Architectural Components <ul><li>1. Organizational systems </li></ul><ul><li>2. Labeling systems </li></ul><ul><li>3. Navigation systems </li></ul><ul><li>4. Searching systems </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Users <ul><li>Student population, all included, normally hovers  just under 26,000 (25,984 in '07-08) </li></ul><ul><li>Students under 24 (Millennials) comprise over half the student population (13,255). </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty and staff for, 2007-08, is around 7,000 -- 718 faculty with tenure (same  years). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Websites <ul><li>BYU’s new website </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Institutions <ul><li>Graphic, inviting, search, social space. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other Institutions
  11. 11. CMSs: Consistency Made Simple <ul><li>Cascade and Drupal </li></ul>
  12. 12. Current Site
  13. 13. The Site Redesigned <ul><li>Central Attributes: The Users Priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogue search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paws/Account information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gateway to U of S Libraries and Service Units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Menus/Navigation systems </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. User-Centered Design
  15. 15. User Comments <ul><li>“ Could be jazzed up a little aesthetically perhaps (an image or graphic maybe?)” </li></ul><ul><li>“ There needs to be a visual somewhere. Even though it is a university library website it doesn't need to be boring.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The site is for the library, if there were half-naked guys and girls all over the site, you might see a little more action; let’s be honest the site does what it needs to do but I think with a little fine tuning it could be more interesting.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ it`s not visually exciting or even aesthetically pleasing too much white, too clinical. It is simple though but maybe more pictures or banners.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ hmmmm add some flava most students are depressed enough when they are looking up books. a boring website doesn’t help.” </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Extras <ul><li>Design for small devices </li></ul><ul><li>Book locator feature </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>PAWS </li></ul>
  17. 17. Social Networking
  18. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>If the library seeks to become leaders in the field user-centered and user-interactive design must be at the forefront of this increasingly participatory age. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bibliography <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think . Indianapolis, Ind. : New Riders ; London : Pearson Education [distributor], 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>LibSuccess: A Best Practices Wiki. < http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Website_Design >  </li></ul><ul><li>Rosenfeld, Louis, and Morville, Peter. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web , 2 nd Edition. Sebastopol CA: O’Reilly Media Inc., 2002.   </li></ul><ul><li>Tapscott, Don. Growing Up Digital. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>

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