New Website, Repository, Library Guides, and More!
September 19, 2014
The Libraries have a whole new website, a new version of the iDEA repository, new course and subject guides, and we've made many other changes and improvements, all with the goal of making our online services easier and more intuitive. We've been working towards this for the last year and we're excited for you to get in and start exploring.
If you're looking for information on how to search, access databases, find tutorials or library guides, try our New Library Website Cheat Sheet.
NEW WEBSITE NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
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We will continue to work on the website, maintaining and improving it, so send us your feedback. If you find a bug, have a suggestion, or would like to send us a comment, please use our website feedback form.
One Drexel, One Library Website
In keeping with the principle of 'One Drexel', we've consolidated three websites (Main, Health Sciences, Archives) into one. The content on Health Sciences and the main site was largely redundnant, so we brought them together while making a concerted effort to highlight and maintain the major distinction between the two, which was their lists of academic databases. On the new site, the most-trafficked health sciences e-resources are listed directly underneath the new search box on the main page. Other health sciences e-resources can be accessed in our new A-Z E-Resource List and by browsing and searching our Electronic Journal Portal.
The Archives website contained both information about the Drexel Archives and search tools and digital collections. Information about the Archives has been moved to the new site, but the images, finding aids, and other resources have been moved into the Libraries new version of the iDEA E-Repository.
More Consistent Design Across All Library Tools
This website's design comes from University guidelines and we've taken many of those principles to our other resources. Whether you're searching for a book or an article, booking a study room, browsing the Archives' repository, or using a library guide, you'll see consistent colors, logos and other design elements as applicable. In the future, we look to expand on this concept so that the experience of moving between our resources is seamless from a design perspective.
Easy-To-Learn Navigation and Structure
A key goal for this new site was to design it so that high-use tools and pages would be easy to find. To that end, our planning and user testing was focused on how we structured and labeled the content. We also identified our highest traffic databases and library services, and placed them in prominent areas of the site.
The new library website is mobile-friendly, with most aspects working well on tablets and phones. As an example, the new staff lists are designed to be accessible on smaller touch screens.
New Tools For Room Bookings, Hours of Operation, Calendar of Events
We retired our previous versions of these tools and have launched with new services that will be more reliable and easier-to-use.
RESEARCH GUIDES ARE NOW LIBRARY GUIDES
Our Liaision Librarians have added a new tool, Library Guides, for creating guides to subject areas and courses. Library Guides allows for searching guides, browsing them by subject and title, and for browsing a list of library e-resources by title. We have created a number of ways to access and search those guides from the new website. They are accessible in the 'Get Help' section of the website main page, you can search for them in the new search box, and learn more about them in the new Research Support section of the site.
NEW IDEA: E-REPOSITORY AND ARCHIVES
Along with the new website, we have also relaunched our online repository using a new technology platform, Islandora. With our new solution we can manage all manner of digital collections in one space making it easier for you to discover Drexel's history, learn about Drexel research, and access the academic output of the University. As an example, Archives' finding aids and the items they describe were maintained in the Archives' website, completely separated from other Archives content that was in the previous repository. Now all that content is in the new repository. In the future we'll be taking advantage of this flexibility to gather and expose more about Drexel.