We’ve been developing, testing, and documenting our website redesign for a year, and we greatly appreciate all the feedback our users have given us along the way. Your input (and patience) has helped us design a better, simpler, more intuitively organized site for Duke students, faculty, and researchers.
Here are some highlights of what’s new and improved:
A simplified and more prominent search box to help you get the info you need more quickly.
A persistent header with drop-down menus for easier navigation.
A new comprehensive list of “Places to Study” on East and West Campus, including photos of study rooms and descriptions of their features. You can even filter study spaces by location, electrical outlets, nearness to coffee, etc., and easily reserve group studies online.
Duke University Libraries is redesigning our website to improve your online experience!
What will change?
We’re improving access from all devices. The homepage, headers, footers, and navigation will undergo the following revisions:
Faster access to the most commonly used resources
Optimized display for most screen resolutions
Greater accessibility for users who rely on assistive software
Will anything remain the same?
The catalog and other search interfaces are not part of this redesign, so their functionality will remain the same. These interfaces will, however, adopt the newly redesigned headers and footers used throughout the site.
When will the change take place?
We are targeting Fall 2013 to launch the redesigned site.
After the new site is published, will I be able to get to content on the old site?
After the new site is in production, we will archive the old site in DukeSpace, the university’s open-access repository.
How can I get involved?
As we develop prototypes of web pages, we will post screenshots on this blog for you to review and send comments. We will also periodically test screens in-person at the Bryan Center and other campus locations. We will announce these opportunities for you to participate a week in advance so you can join us in the Bryan Center and help guide the redesign.
We look forward to working with you to improve our library website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Debra Kurtz, Head of Digital Experience Services
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