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The birth of a new website April 6, 2009

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At our last committee meeting, we began making some prototypes of the new library website.  As a result we now have a preliminary homepage design.  We hope that you’ll find it cleaner and visually more pleasing than the current homepage without making it difficult to access the things you really need.

An initial prototype of the new library homepage

An initial prototype of the new library homepage

There is a “Quick Tools” area for those items you use the most, a centralized search box with options for getting to the resources you need, and news items that spotlight new resources, activities, and events at Cook Library.  Amidst all this we’ve kept the familiar three-category navigation scheme: Research, Services, and About Cook.  Hovering over one of the three labels will produce a drop-down menu of items like Research Databases, Citing Sources, etc.

Nothing is set in stone yet, so let us know what you think of our new design.

Next up: Navigation…


things are moving quickly… October 7, 2008

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Two web team members discuss the redesign

Two web team members discuss the redesign

…so quickly that all the pictures I take are blurry!

At our second meeting, we discussed the timeline for redesigning the website. There are lots of steps to putting together a successful website, and we will keep you updated on our progress here. One of the biggest pieces to the puzzle is YOU – the people who use the library’s website. The team discussed methods for finding out more about you; the blog is one way, but we are also planning to do surveys, interviews, usability testing, and more. A daunting task, but we’re ready!