The Dartmouth Library’s website got a major facelift today, as a new design of the site rolled out at 9 a.m. The new homepage includes compact left-hand navigation for top-level links and a new “single-search” box that will produce results from Summon, the Library Catalog, and the Library website, according to Jane Quigley, chair of the Library Web Steering Group. She said she hopes users will find the new design cleaner and easier to use.
“It has been some time since the last major change to the Library’s website,” Quigley said. “And we felt that it was time for a little bit of a refreshed look and feel to the website.”
The Library’s website has not received a major redesign since early 2008, according to Quigley. In addition to a new look and comprehensive search tool, the redesigned homepage will also include images and news on exhibits, workshops and collection highlights from Library services.
Quigley said the staff is particularly excited about the new search box.
“We’d like to be able to make small changes and small improvements to the Library’s website,” she said. “So from time to time, we think that continually improving and adding these enhancements to the Library’s website is really just part of having a good library and having a good library service for our students and faculty.”
The website was in production for close to a year and went through several iterations, as the steering group garnered feedback from a user assessment group and students over the past Summer term.
Quigley said the staff will continue to build on the website through feedback from users and add a blog in the near future to liven up the Library’s resources.
“It was very much in my mind that we weren’t doing a good a job as we could be doing of communicating some of the really wonderful, exciting and interesting things that the Library has to offer,” Quigley said. “[This redesign] is an attempt to do a better job at communicating some of that excitement with people and making it a little bit easier and less overwhelming to find the things they need and to use them.”