Monthly Archives: August 2015

Website Redesign Update #2

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Web Presence Survey! WAG interviewed a total of 42 Library faculty and staff to learn how you use the web presence and what you would like to see from it going forward.

Frequently identified goals included:

  • simple navigation and search
  • less segregation between library services and accounts
  • less jargon
  • more frequent updates to information
  • improved connections between users, staff, spaces, and services
  • clear communication and policies
  • easier, more efficient tools and workflows for content creation

WAG also outlined recommendations to address challenges you are facing, to problems both big and small. A few of these recommendations to address this Fall include:

  • Creating a style guide for LibGuides that outlines best practices for usable guides
  • Conduct design activities, such as card sorting, to improve labels and navigation on our site
  • Explore better search options for the site redesign
  • Complete and share the Redesign Strategy, which will communicate the redesign process and who is responsible for what pieces
  • Clean up legacy content on the Tigger server, so it is not appearing in search results and confusing users

You can read the full survey report (Box).

Coming Up

WAG will be conducting card sorts with students over the next few months. Card sorting is a technique that allows us to learn more about students’ mental models around our services – what they call them and how they expect to find them on our site. Our first card sort will focus on our online resources – research guides, databases, Summon, the catalog, etc.

We are also working our design firm, Pixo, to finalize our redesign strategy and timeline, which will guide the work we do over the next year.

If you have any questions, email lib-webeval@heldesk.uic.edu.

Library Field Day is August 13

The UIC Library Field Day takes place on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 3 – 7 p.m, in the Student Recreation Facility (737 S. Halsted).  RSVPs closed on August 7 — contact Tina Griffin (tmcg@uic.edu) if you need to make any changes.

On the agenda for this event:  conviviality, food, and competitions that require sports equipment or game boards!

Neidhardt resigns, accepts CMS position

Gretchen Neidhardt has accepted a position as a cataloger at the Chicago History Museum and is resigning from her position as Visiting Special Collections Librarian effective August 15, 2015.

Gretchen joined the Special Collections department in 2011, and during her tenure here completed a MA in art history from UIC and an advanced certificate in special collections librarianship from UIUC. Her contributions to the department, the library, and the archives community are many and she will be greatly missed. The good news is she won’t be too far away!

Come help us bid her “so long” at an informal gathering on Tuesday, August 11, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Special Collections and University Archives conference room, room 3-310 in the Richard J. Daley Library.

Case receives ALCTS Honors

Mary Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, has been awarded one of the ALCTS Honors from the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. The award ceremony took place at the 2015 ALA annual conference.

These honors are given by the ALCTS Board of Directors for outstanding contributions at all levels within ALCTS, stellar dedication to service, uncompromising commitment to excellence, willingness to accept challenges, and a sustained and exemplary record of moving ALCTS forward.

Case served as president of ALCTS 2009/2010, as well as holding other offices and serving the division on its board and various committees and task forces.

Library events calendar is live!

The all-sites University Library events calendar is live on our website as of July 31, 2015.  The calendar is a notification system that informs users about public, library-sponsored workshops (listed under the category “workshops”), programs (listed under the category “Library lectures, seminars, and meetings”), and exhibits (listed under the category “exhibits”), as well as provides information about events taking place in library spaces (listed under the category “university events”).

Users can filter by specific library site.  The location “other” includes online-only events and events held in physical spaces outside of our libraries, for example, the UIC Forum.

A link to the calendar appears in several places on the library.uic.edu website:

The LibCal homepage (“view all events”)
The full calendar
Today’s events on the library blog (See “Today’s events” near the bottom of the page)
Today’s events on the library website

Please contact lib-webeval@uic.edu to request administrator access to the events calendar.  Contact lib-comm@uic.edu if you want to add an event to the calendar.