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The Next Academic Library Website

July 10, 2010

I found this to be not only quite interesting but also pertinent to this class. The author has some fairly strong opinions when it comes to how academic libraries should set up their website, and I was interested to find that San Jose state is actually using one of his suggestions with our lib guides (he suggests personalized librarian websites that somewhat mix a lib guide and some social networking effects).

The author suggests that we need to re-imagine the library website as something not monolithic but rather as a collection of interconnected, related sites that can provide both specialized resources and bibliographic instruction.

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  1. Antonia Ruiz-Koffman permalink
    July 10, 2010 9:14 pm

    We each made a LibGuide for an Academic Library class assignment … dayum it was quite easy compared to what we’re doing here … (can’t I just drag modules around for my next LIBR240 assignments?!). Definitely the interactive social aspect was fundamental to the task, from choosing the tags that would get us the most exposure, to linking our guides to our social networking profiles on other sites. Thanks for the article! šŸ™‚

  2. July 10, 2010 11:45 pm

    I am currently part of my campus library system’s web editors group, and we have recently been reviewing mock-ups of the new libraries’ website. Thankfully some of the folks in this group are very experienced, particularly in terms of user services (like instruction librarians, for example), because they each make many great points that I wouldn’t come up with since I don’t interface as much directly with the students. They know exactly what the layout problems are, as well as the essential items to have front-and-center on the homepage. I think the inter-connectedness is definitely a big part of that, but what the instruction librarians always emphasize repeatedly is the need for task-related items on the homepage. According to them, our users want to be able to “do” things quickly and easily from the homepage moreso than they want to explore or learn.

  3. kychiu54 permalink
    July 11, 2010 9:19 pm

    I have to agree with Antonia, LibGuides are so much easier to use then to build library sites from scratch. It does help though if you know html basics as that is one of the modes you can edit in. I have to say though, the never seem to be as prominently placed as they should be.

    I know some of the LibGuides also provide links to the Librarian’s blog, where the librarian can make additional comments, suggestions, updates to information students may need as the information becomes available. This fulfills the necessary community component Bell discusses, it is a social aspect of writing blog posts, but it really is focused on the academic/research then the social aspect of librarianship.

    I’m not sure what the future may hold for the Internet, but I hope as future librarians we will all be on top of the new technologies.

  4. clementmunns permalink
    July 12, 2010 6:35 pm

    When in the throes of the “great creative destruction” it’s hard to know what the future holds, but this new way of looking at the role of the library is for sure a beacon in a dark time.

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