The college’s library website received a fresh update just in time for the new fall term. Now up and running, the redesigned website features a user-friendly look with clearer navigation options, better search tools and more accessible content.
One of the more noticeable changes on the homepage are the links for different user groups. Students, faculty and community members can click their respective link to view helpful content more tailored to their user group.
“Our site includes around 2,000 pages,” wrote library Web Services Manager Colin Koteles in an email interview. “So this way of organizing our homepage seems most effective for quickly getting people to the information they need.”
According to Koteles, the decision to redesign the library’s website was based from user feedback. “Users told us there was too much text and too many links on the old homepage. Many users felt overwhelmed by options when using the site. And frankly, the old site was outdated.”
However, website users are not the only ones seeing the change online. Library faculty members who update the website are also benefiting from the redesign and a new content management system.
“The (library) faculty and many staff members are responsible for creating web pages and they are constantly editing and adding content,” wrote Koteles. “Our new system does a better job managing this constant change and gives our content creators more tools to create dynamic and interactive content.”
The library website redesign did not happen overnight. The nearly two-year redesign process began with an intensive evaluation of the old website through feedback coming from various sources including surveys and interviews. Focus groups and usability testing were also used to gage what different user groups needed from the website.
After numerous design choices and revisions, the website finally honed in on its current user-friendly look.
While the main part of the redesign is complete, there are more changes in-store for the library’s website. “Our next stage commences this fall as we implement a completely new search system,” wrote Koteles. “You’ll use (the system) to search our physical and electronic collections through a single interface.”
Koteles also expects the website to keep being refined for the foreseeable future: “The most important lesson I’ve learned in web design is that a site is never actually ‘finished’. A good site should be a living, breathing entity that never stagnates.”
Web Services Manager
College of DuPage Library