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Special Edition: New Library Website Launch
From the Desk of the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleThe UCR Library proudly unveiled our new website on June 15, 2016. This new site is a culmination of more than one year of thoughtful work by a dedicated group of very talented colleagues in the library, with significant contributions from members of every department and unit. Both visually cleaner and more intuitive, our new website also reflects a quantum leap forward in terms of sophistication both in the organization of the site and the adoption of best practices for 21st century web environments.

At the beginning of the project, the Web Redesign Team worked closely with Chapter Three, a San Francisco-based Drupal content management system implementation firm, who guided the team and the library senior leadership to ensure that we left no assumptions about our website on the table. Every aspect of the website, from content to context, from archives to book scanners, was discussed, analyzed, and organized.

The biggest change in the website is subtle but powerful: it’s a shift in the library’s philosophy about how users interact with our website as a portal. We conducted a user survey that told us our website was stale, not mobile friendly, and information was hard to find and sometimes outdated. Using this information, our new approach is to make the most relevant information quickly and easily accessible in a way that makes sense to users.

We hope this site empowers our users to connect with the information that they need to transform the world and create new knowledge. We believe that we have succeeded.

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
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New User-Driven Features
The new website looks great on all devices, with fewer pages and shorter, to-the-point content that is easier to find, thanks to the re-designed navigation.
Our Website Design Process
With an average of 97,000 hits a month, the Library’s website is the second most visited site on campus. In May 2014, the Library contracted with design firm Chapter Three to help guide us through the redesign process. The firm helped us ensure that our new site is compliant with the best practices of responsive design, and adheres to ADA guidelines for accessibility.
We recruited staff from various library departments and Campus Strategic Communications to review every page of the website. Our team surveyed UCR faculty, staff, and students about their experiences with the website, and determined which content should be reorganized, removed, or rewritten in order to better highlight the library’s services and features.
Then, the library’s User Experience Designer / Web Developer, along with other members of the Cyberinfrastructure Department, implemented this reconceptualized design and built it on the Drupal open source platform, which more than half of the top academic research libraries in North America have adopted.

We conducted internal testing, launched a beta version of the site for public comments, redesigned based on the feedback received, and officially launched the new website on June 15.

The site will continue to be tested and enhanced iteratively to best serve our users.

Please let us know what you think!
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