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   Volume II, Issue 1
September 2005   

An online facelift for the Library

By Jutta Seibert

Just in time for the beginning of the fall term, the Library has brought up a new home page. The new Web site is designed to bring more functionality to the first screen you see when you visit us online. Now you can start to search for a variety of research materials directly from our home page.

The VUCat Quick Search box was expanded by adding a number of tabs that now make it possible to search for articles as well as books, videos and journals. This change was prompted by the popularity of the Google-like search boxes on our Resources by Subject pages.

The underlying library Web pages’ structure remains basically the same. While the new home page’s changes are substantial, the idea is that less is often more and that a simplified home page will make our resources more accessible to our constituents. In other words -- less distraction, more focus. Also, research assistance is now more prominently displayed and easier to find.

The library staff is currently developing a new model for the Resources by Subject pages that will add more functionality there as well.

Although many individuals were involved in the redesign, special recognition goes to Andrew Nagy, library technology development specialist, and to Linda Saboe, reserve supervisor, who contributed her design skills.

Jutta Seibert, a reference & catalog librarian, is a member of the Falvey Web group.