Happy Birthday!

We are celebrating the birthday of our new web site!!  It came from humble, but delicious beginnings:


Our first meeting to discuss what we wanted in our new web site was accompanied by doughnuts and lots of slips of paper.  All seven of the librarians contributed DNA, and Veronica Arellano Douglas was the midwife through what seems like the longest labor and delivery in history.   We prioritized, we compromised,  we moved post-it notes around, and we agreed that we were ready for a big change.

So we’re ready to hear what you have to say.   Don’t be shy.   You don’t have to tell us we have a beautiful baby if you find things that don’t work, or don’t work the way you expected them to.  As hard as we try to think like our users (that’s you),  it’s hard for us to turn our librarian brains off.

Send us feedback!  Send congratulations to Veronica!  No pacifiers or baby blankets.  We could use more doughnuts, though.


3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday!

  1. I really like it! It’s a little less cumbersome to get to the research databases, and the My Account link is much easier to find. (Mostly I like the doughnut picture.)
    The only thing I would want to add is a quick link to JStor, Acadamic Search Complete, or whichever database you think most people use for research. Right now it takes me four clicks to get into the database, and frankly, I’m lazy.
    I notice that you took out live chat — was it used very often? I didn’t use it, so I’m curious.

    • Thanks, Sharon!
      We appreciate the feedback. We are actually working on a new discovery tool that will integrate databases like JSTOR into your one search of the catalog! We hope to get it up and running later this semester. And we want to tweak our web site, so we can use all the feedback we get. Thanks for noticing the live chat – we have a new live chat service and you’ll see us promoting it a lot more this semester. I hope you’ll try it.

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