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Wednesday, March 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Website Redesign: Turning Awful into Awesome

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In this day and age when online programs are becoming more and more popular and fewer students are actually coming into the library itself, it is critical that an academic library’s website is an intuitive, user-friendly experience for its patrons. Moving from a text-heavy, librarian-centric website to an aesthetic, efficient, student focused one requires a great deal of data gathering through research, testing, and data analysis. We will discuss how we turned our website from being cluttered, illogical, and hard to navigate to being a modern, streamlined, and better organized by using usage monitoring software, user surveys, card sorting, affinity mapping, and usability testing. Some of the challenges we encountered during this project included library staff realization of who the website should be designed for, letting go of the “someday, someone, somewhere might need this” mentality, understanding the best practices for web design, and becoming aware that change can be a good thing.


Charissa Brammer

Metadata and Discovery Systems Librarian, Colorado College
Charissa Brammer is an Electronic Resources Librarian at Idaho State University Library. She has experience in serials, electronic resources, reference, and instruction.  She holds an M.A. in English from Idaho State University and an MLIS from San Jose State University. 
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Tania Harden

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Idaho State University
Website Design, UX, 3D printing, VR, Instruction, Instructional Design, Reference, Systems, Technology, Digital Content Management, Institutional Repositories

Wednesday March 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
JBD Lecture Hall Campus Center