Monthly Archives: July 2016

Website Redesign Update #12

Usability testing report

Thank you to everyone who participated in this round of usability testing. Based on the results, the implementation team has already made some changes to the beta site, including:

  • Adding resource links on the home page search box
  • Combining and updating content on several help articles and pages
  • Updating button hover styles
  • Disabling dropdown menus

Read the full beta site usability test report.

The new site will launch August 9th. You’ll get more information soon about what to expect and how to prepare.

Accessibility report

Our new library website will release with zero accessibility violations! Pixo has provided a report detailing our compliance with accessibility standards, which also includes helpful information about writing accessible web content and checking your work. If you create LibGuides, blog posts, or any other web content, this is definitely worth a read.

Read the full accessibility report.

Website Redesign Update #11: Home Stretch!

Usability testing

Usability testing is complete! We tested with 10 graduates, 6 undergraduates and
4 faculty from all five of our locations. I’m processing the notes and findings with the Redesign Implementation Team, the Web Advisory Group, and members of the Web Content Team. We’ll be making several changes to the beta site based on the usability testing and feedback from library faculty and staff. Some of these changes will be implemented in time for the launch, and others will happen throughout the Fall semester.

A full report and outline of changes will be coming soon.

Beta site feedback

Some of you have already given feedback about the beta site–thank you! If you have anything you’d like to share, keep in mind the date for full consideration is July 25th. After that, we’ll be getting ready for the launch, though feedback you provide at any time will be considered for future launches and changes.

Visit the beta site. Email any feedback to As you review the site, it may help to revisit the priorities that we set for this project (from the Redesign Strategy):

  1. Migrate to a modern, more flexible content management system (CMS) and infrastructure.
  2. Implement a streamlined information architecture, navigation system, and homepage that prioritize student success.
  3. Redesign site content to be more useful, usable, and accessible to end users.
  4. Establish an accessible, user-friendly visual design that meets the new University branding guidelines; clearly conveys the Library’s brand and key message as defined by the Communications Plan; and provides a framework for the visual design of other web properties.

What’s next?

The site launch is coming up fast. The new site will go up and the old site will come down the week of August 8th. I’m happy to come to any department meetings to talk about the site or walk through strategies for building instructional materials around the new site. Just send an email to

Visit the beta site

The beta version of our new website is live! Take a look.

What is a beta site? It is a site that is mostly complete, but still may have some bugs or room for improvements. That’s where you come in! Take a look and send any feedback you have to Please don’t be offended if you don’t get a response right away – I’m planning to collect responses and updates and post them here, on the ULIB blog. Please send any feedback by July 25th for full consideration.

Important dates coming up

July 5th-15th: Usability testing

Starting July 5th, the Web Advisory Group, plus additional help from Kate Flynn, Janet McMahon, Jenny Taylor, Karen Luna, and Rosie Hanneke, will conduct usability testing with students and faculty at all of our locations.

July 25th: Last day to share feedback

This gives the developers and content authors time to incorporate any changes we need to make.

August 8th-12th: New site launches, old site comes down

This week we will launch the new site, and make updates to display styles in LibGuides and Serials Solutions. We’ll also officially migrate to LibChat with the launch of the new site. When the new site goes up, the old site will no longer be available, except through the Internet Archive.

Important information for liaisons and instructors

If you need to update screenshots and instructions about using the library website in your instructional materials, you can go ahead and start doing that now using the beta site.

A few tips for screenshots and instructions for using a responsive site, which looks different at different screen sizes:

  • Avoid taking a screenshot of a whole page–it might not be very useful to someone using a small laptop or tablet.
  • Focus on screenshots of individual elements, like a search box or a button.
  • Avoid text that refers to a place on the desktop screen, like “use the menu on the left,” since it might not be on the left on a phone or tablet–instead, you could say “use the menu to go to ‘directory’.”


Thanks to everyone who has worked on usability testing, writing content, and providing feedback!