University Library Web Update | September 2017

New Web Development & Feature Release Schedule

Beginning this semester, the web development team will update the website on a monthly basis, on the first Wednesday of each month. Previously, new releases went up every two weeks. We hope that the new schedule will allow more time for testing and feedback. Here’s what’s planned for this semester:

  • October: Bug fixes and improvements to some smaller issues, including:
    • adding proxied URLs for database results in the Library Search
    • using Browzine to power journals search results in the Library Search
  • November: System updates (no new features)
  • December: Update to improve how our hours display

Preview upcoming changes on the staging site.

Upcoming Projects

The Discovery Services Advisory Group has been working on a new “Advanced Search” prototype that we will begin testing this semester with faculty and graduate students.

The “bento” style search currently on the home page was designed to address the needs of users looking for a quick, Google-like search; the Advanced Search feature would address the other end of the spectrum, providing lots of options to initially filter a search for users looking for specific formats and known resources.

More information to come!

LibGuides Workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended, and for your feedback on future workshops! A total of 12 people responded to the survey of LibGuides authors. Popular topics for future workshops included:

  • Best practices for instructional design (8 votes)
  • Using analytics and data to make decisions (6 votes)
  • Using images in your guides (6 votes)

Suggestions for future workshops included:

  • Examples of LibGuides that use best practices (either UIC or other institutions)
  • Review of how to perform specific editing tasks, including resizing images

In addition, some respondents noted that early summer would be a better time for a LibGuides workshop.