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University Library Web Update | October 2017

New Special Collections & University Archives Page

Check out the new landing page for Special Collections & University Archives! It features a new splash image, display of hours for each location, news related to the department and collections, and its own menu.

Moving Library Websites to HTTPS

In mid-October, the Google Chrome browser will display a “not secure” warning for sites that do not use HTTPS (“Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure). The warning will encourage users not to enter any sensitive information on the site, such as passwords or credit cards.

Library Systems is working to move our sites over to HTTPS, but you will most likely see warnings on some library and UIC websites when you use a form (including search forms, like the library home page.

Library Search will display a 'not secure' warning in the browser until the website is updated to HTTPS.

Some databases and catalogs with the ability to create accounts – such as I-Share and the UIC Library Catalog – are already using HTTPS and will not display a warning.

Most likely, few patrons will notice the change. However, if you do get any questions, you can direct them to

More information and examples of HTTPS warnings

2016-2017 Annual Report for UIC Library Websites

If you’d like to know more about usage of our main library website, digital exhibits, and LibGuides, see the Web Report for AY2016-2017. If you have any questions about the data you’re seeing, contact



Introducing the Discovery Services Advisory Group

While the Discovery Services Advisory Group (DSAG) has been active since 2016, some of our Library colleagues may not know what the group does or who is involved, so here are details about the group’s purpose, activities, accomplishments and membership.

Prior to DSAG’s formation, a number of Library initiatives were carried out through three councils (User Structures, Assessment and User Experience).  Some of those councils had task forces and working groups, one of which was the Summon Working Group.

As the council structure changed, there was still a need for the kind of cross-departmental, widely representative discussion that they enabled, particularly in the Summon Working Group.  DSAG began as a continuation of that group, but with a broader perspective.  Summon is still the discovery system that the Library uses to integrate searching across our databases, so DSAG does still evaluate new Summon features and responds to issues that users report with Summon.  But the group also looks at the impact of discovery tools across all of our systems, and keeps up to date with trends in discovery systems at other Libraries and via other vendors.  (See Discovery Services Advisory Group Charge)

The Discovery Services Advisory Group provides guidance in carrying out Goal 3, Strategic Initiative 7 “Develop, improve, and unify discovery systems to meet a range of user needs” from the Library’s Strategic Plan.  The group has been particularly active in advising on the development of the new Library home page “Search” tool, which now integrates results from Summon and other sources in a way that helps less experienced searchers recognize what they’re looking for in a set of results.

Some members of DSAG, along with former member Joelen Pastva (now at Northwestern) are currently engaged in conducting a Systematic Literature Review of publications that assess discovery systems (not just Summon).  This kind of activity helps the group to establish expertise in the range of discovery systems people are using, how well they work, and what the Library community is doing to improve them.

The group also evaluates the connections between related Library systems, suggesting improvements where possible, so that students and researchers can have a seamless research experience, whether the item they need is available electronically, on our shelves, or via InterLibrary Loan.

DSAG members are:

Rosie Hanneke
Robin Hoftsteder
Glenda Insua
Jeanne Link
John Matthews
Kavita Mundle
Bob Sandusky (co-chair)
Tracy Seneca (co-chair)
Esther Verreau
Tara Wood

University Library Web Update | August 2017

LibGuides Workshop & Cleanup Sessions

The LibGuides Admins group invites you to participate in one of two LibGuides workshops (both include the same content).

  • Tuesday, August 15, 10:30 a.m. – noon, IDEA Commons Teaching Classroom
  • Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 – 3 p.m., LHS-Chicago Room 123 & Online (via Adobe Connect)

The session is 1.5 hours, and most of this will be hands on time for you to review your guides and get them ready for the Fall semester.

Members of the LibGuides admins team will be on hand for questions and demonstrations.

A brief session at the beginning will cover a review checklist, best practices, and tips for checking statistics, using the new databases by subject feature, and more.

New features for the Library Directory

The new People section of the website includes pages for subject librarians, faculty and staff, as well as filters for:

  • Liaison subject areas
  • Liaison colleges and departments*
  • Office locations
  • Library department

Take a look at your information. If you would like to request any changes, please email

*Note: There is a known bug in the Colleges filter, which will be resolved in the next update in September. Some departments aren’t displaying under their colleges.

Web Content Review

The Web Content Team is finishing up an extensive web content review, and you may notice changes across our website. Updates will be completed by Wednesday, August 9th.

If there are pages you use in instruction or in online tutorials, please revisit those pages.

Notable changes include:

  • Retiring several web pages around citation styles and scholarly communications, and linking out to the LibGuides on those subjects instead;
  • Retiring several pages with very low use;
  • Retiring and editing Special Collections help pages;
  • Formatting changes to the interlibrary loan page.

If you have any questions or requests, contact

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