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Academic Library Websites

April 8, 2010

I took a more academic approach to this assignment looking at an article evaluating and comparing academic library websites.

“Engaging Users: The Future of Academic Library WebSites”by Shu Liu, looks at 111 ACL library websites.  The emphasis of the article concerns how the impact of new technology has altered how academic libraries construct their websites and now reflect the student’s demand for up-to-date features. The author studied library websites and compiled recommendations on what could be improved upon, mainly that the sites should personalize space for individual student groups on the home page.

The undergrads should have a separate path from the grad students.  Each of these paths would provide space for the student to add their own material and links to make it more applicable and useful to them on an individual basis.  The need for the library to consistently monitor and access the needs of the students is the best way to remain relevant to their technological needs.

At the time the article was written only 30 libraries supplied an RSS feed on their website and wikis and podcasts were very rarely utilized.  A list is provided of each of the libraries which included the general design of the website and how it was laid out for the viewer.  Although the article may be outdated, it would be interesting to check out some of these websites now as well as speculate what the academic library website in the near future will contain.

Engaging Users: The Future of Academic Library Web Sites.

Liu, S. Engaging Users: The Future of Academic Library Web Sites. College & Research Libraries v. 69 no. 1 (January 2008) p. 6-27

(I can’t seem to get the link to work on this article.  I’ve tried adding the URL and as a word doc to no avail)

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  1. April 8, 2010 7:28 pm

    This article brings up a great point in that libraries need good web designers more than ever. I am definitely noticing that academic library webpages are becoming more complex and tailored to each type of student’s needs. They feel so personalized. I often get asked why would a library student need to know how to design a webpage. I will show them this article as a response.

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