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Dec 4, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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A Unit of the University System of Georgia

A Unit of the University System of Georgia

Simple Web Site Redesign

Tim Daniels & Darin Givens, GPLS

Defining Goals for Site
Redesign



Usability
Testing


Mission Statement

Usability Testing

Observe volunteers
and take detailed
notes on successes
and failures


Usability Testing


Have
volunteers answer specific questions
and locate information


Provide
a brief user

survey
for volunteers

to
fill out


Mission
Statement


Why
are you doing a
study/redesign


How do your site goals fit in with your
library mission statement?

Tools for Usability Testing

Usability Testing Resources

http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/campb
ell/hmiig/usabres2.htm



Library Usability Bibliography

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/usability/library
-
usability.html

Making Content the King


Web
standards for accessibility



Auditing your web
content



Navigation development


Jargon


Managing
content
delivery


Content
management systems

Web Standards
for
Accessibility



Benefits
a wide array of users with special
needs including those with limited
vision


Also benefits people without disabilities,
such as those with slow internet
connections and people using hand held
browsing devices

Web Standards Tips


Use ALT tags for all
images


Use logical text for
hyperlinks


Use CSS for layout and
style

Audit content



Print out every page of site, highlight what
to keep and
discard


Assess
the content of every page to make
sure it's up to date

Navigation

Make
it
easy

for
users
to

find what

they're

looking for

Navigation : Card Sorting

Use index cards to build a site map

Jargon

Jargon

We will use XML, CSS, and RSS
-
combined with XHTML for
accessibility
-

to create a modular,
re
-
mixable, and sticky OPAC that
incorporates Web 2.0 technologies
to provide patrons an online social
environment in which to interact
with our virtual presence.

Managing Content Delivery


Who
will update your content
?


How
often will it be updated?

Content Management Systems


Easily change the content and formatting
of your site via a browser
window


Ease
of use allows for more frequent
updates


Drupal

and
Joomla

can be used out of the
box to create simple
sites

Example CMS


Dekalb
:
http://
www.dekalblibrary.org/index.php


Kinchafoonee

Regional Library System

http://www.krlibrary.org/


Content
--

Tools

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

http://www.w3.org/WAI
/


Library
terms evaluated in usability tests and
other studies

http://www.jkup.net/terms
-
studies.html

Inviting User Participation



blogs



wiki



meebo

Patrons can
trace threads

Tell folks how
to use the
tool

The know
who I am

When can I use
this service

How to get
an IM
account

What’s special
about this page?

Presenters

Darin Givens

Webmaster/Communications Spec.

dgivens@georgialibraries.org

Tim Daniels

PINES Program Manager

tdaniels@georgialibraries.org