Last year, there were more than 1.6 million visits to the Libraries’ website and nearly 2.1 million downloads of electronic articles, books and datasets. This makes the website the most visited of the Libraries’ five locations, providing access to the largest collection of resources. Just like a physical facility periodically needs updating and renovating, it is time for reconstruction to the entrance of the virtual library.
While I know that this is a few weeks into the term already, I would like to welcome you back to Drexel for a new school year! We have been doing a lot of great preparation over the summer for the beginning of the Fall term. In regards to the careers collection, there are a couple new and updated resources that I highly recommend you check out.
Over the next several months, visitors to the Libraries’ website will notice new ways to offer feedback about the site. Through changing bi-weekly user experience studies, the Libraries will evaluate how individuals currently use the website. Results from these studies will help shape the design and layout of the Libraries' new website.
We are starting to explore ways to make our website more efficient and helpful for everyone who uses it...including you! So, we need your help. Please take a moment to complete a short survey about our website. The survey will be available until December 17th.
It's almost impossible to complete a research assignment without using the Libraries' website.
The Libraries redesigned and launched four new Web pages in late July to help improve navigation of the website. These new pages will help to surface content and more quickly direct users to the most helpful resources and information.
Libraries’ Web Presence Undergoes Accessibility Audit and Improves Experience for Assistive Technology Users
The Libraries' web presence underwent an accessibility audit in spring 2012 which reviewed 100 of the Libraries most popular pages and gauged accessibility for assistive technology users. Student intern, Cory Samaha, a blind computer programmer and web user, conducted the audit.
Samaha worked with the Libraries’ web developer, Katherine Lynch, for several months as an intern in web development and accessibility. He reviewed web pages individually, looking for potential problems that might make using the site difficult for screen readers and keyboard-only users.
Pauline W. Chen, M.D.