Websites: design and role

The decentered library network presence

Think of two trends in the development of the library’s network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of … Continue reading The decentered library network presence

Full library discovery

The scope of library discovery services continues to evolve. We might characterise the situation we are in now as full collection discovery. The model is of a cloud-based, central index, where the goal has been unified results across collection types delivered in a single search box.The full collection includes material from the catalog, journal articles, … Continue reading Full library discovery

Discovery vs discoverability …

I have been interested in the different dynamics of the inside-out and outside-in library for a while (see here for example). One especially interesting characteristic is the quite different approach to discovery in each case, even though this distinction has not yet crystallized in clear service categories. I was struck by the distinction during a … Continue reading Discovery vs discoverability …

Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

Drawn by a Tweet I looked at Stanford’s very nice new library website just now. I only spent a few minutes there but I was immediately and strongly struck by two things. Each makes so much sense that I imagine they will become routine. The first was the foregrounding of library space as a service. … Continue reading Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

Effective web presence …

We are growing used to the idea that simply making things available on the web does not necessarily make them widely discovered or discoverable. I have used the phrase ‘search engine interoperability’ in these pages already. This is a play on ‘search engine optimization’, which some do not like (although I think we should not … Continue reading Effective web presence …

Decentred network presence

We still tend to think of the website as the focus of institutional presence on the network. And, often, mobile or other presences are seen as somehow derivative. Clearly the importance of mobile – especially now with tablets and smartphones – has changed that view and changed the way we think about design and expectations. … Continue reading Decentred network presence

Influencing how you are seen in results …

Two websites I regularly look at are the The Guardian and Times Higher Education. In my lazy way I will often just pop the names into Google when looking for them. I have been interested in how they are characterised in Google results, based on what they put in the Meta description tags. Before saying … Continue reading Influencing how you are seen in results …

A web-siting: NCSU Libraries redux

Susan Rector from NCSU Libraries left a nice note on my entry about library websites. She pointed at some discussion of the redesign on their libraries blog. I was particularly interested to read about their objectives with the new site: Streamline access to search functions and core user tasks Provide ways to contact librarians throughout … Continue reading A web-siting: NCSU Libraries redux

3 stages of library websites …

While writing about subject pages and library websites the other day, it occurred to me that we might think of library websites in three stages – which emerged successively and continue to exist together. Always mindful of the rule of three 😉 We might clumsily call these stages: [1] fragmentary, [2] integrated supply, and [3] … Continue reading 3 stages of library websites …

Resource/course guides and content management

I have mentioned Libguides a couple of times, which seem to be quite widely used. I have been interested recently to come across some other initiatives which aim to organize subject- or course-based library resources within a consistent content management environment which reduces custom effort. I enjoyed listening to Allie Flanary present about students and … Continue reading Resource/course guides and content management