Hi everyone in LIS,
We have a preliminary outline of content, otherwise known as Information Architecture or IA, for the new Library web page (aka the new version of http://go.middlebury.edu/lib). We need your feedback.
If you’re interested, please take a look (open this Word doc: ia-lis-lib-2). Then, post your comments here (log in to this blog at the upper-right, then leave a reply at the bottom of this post). Please comment in the next few days. We must get our structure into Drupal so that editors can begin adding content. Given our time constraints, we won’t be able to respond to every comment, but we will consider them all when we make our final decisions.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Mechanics of the Word document: For the most intelligible display, when you open the document, select View>Outline. Click on the “+” to open or hide the contents below each heading.
- Contents that sit below the green headings might be on a subpage.
- The headings (in green, or black, or blue!) represent content groupings, not finalized names. For example, you might not see a link called “Databases” on the new page.
- Some content will just be a link to another page. Some content will be maintained on another page and displayed both there and here.
- Think of what the user (students, faculty and other researchers) will need and expect. Remember that what we expect as library staff sometimes will differ from what researchers will need and expect.
- Usability studies show that some researchers will go straight to a search window rather than browsing through menus. So, we plan to use tagging and keywords to make our content easy to find via Search.
- This outline is based on content on our current site, content on other library sites that we like, usability studies done at other institutions, and surveys and analysis of search stats done here. Once we have the new site up and running (after the big January launch), we plan to do some usability testing. In other words, what you see in January will be a work in progress. If you make a suggestion for a change now and you don’t see it in January, you might still see it later if the need is verified by user testing.
- Since the IA document is all text, it will be difficult for you to visualize what the site might look like when it’s done. The Resources section of the LIS Website Team’s wiki lists “Sites to Check Out.” Each of these sites has some design feature that we like. Reviewing these sites might help you imagine what we’re aiming for.
- The LIS Website Team’s LIS Website Recommendations page explains where the Library page fits in with other LIS site content.
Thank you in advance for your time and your comments!