Kick the Tires on the Calvin T. Ryan Beta

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
sutherlandmj@unk.edu

This January not only marks the beginning of a new year and spring semester, but also the introduction of a new beta website for the Calvin T. Ryan Library at http://lib.unk.edu/. Comments regarding the new website may be left at ‘Comments & Feedback’.

User expectations of what a good website is and does are higher than ever. Users expect high-quality information and services to be available to them whenever and wherever they are, be it via their desktop, mobile device, or social media channels. In order create that web experience and to meet user expectations, Calvin T. Ryan Library has been working on a new website. Our vision and future direction for our web presence is to have an environment where we can be innovative and take advantage of new and existing web technologies in order to successfully meet the online information needs of our users.

In designing the new library website, our approach involved studying information science and library science literature, web analytics, user testing and feedback, and general web trends. We have aimed to create a more streamlined experience that offers greater ease of access to the library’s resources and services. For instance, once the website loads, users can simply start typing in a query to begin searching library resources.

Again, if you are interested in providing feedback, please leave a comment on our ‘Comments & Feedback’ page and if you notice issues or bugs, please let us know ASAP so we can fix them. If you would like further information about our beta website, please contact Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian.

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