Join us at tomorrow's Assessment Forum from 3:30 – 5:00 in 523 Butler Library. My poster presentation highlights the assessment work we have done to inform the Libraries Website redesign and offers a very brief overview of the assessments we have planned for the next year.
This summer we are gearing up to do Usability Studies with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty; and we'd love to have you help us spread the word and invite participants.
The new Libraries Website is LIVE! We had an exciting weekend getting the site up and running.
Content Contributors should have access to their pages now for editing. The WCM Login should be live on StaffWeb now.
If you did not attend a contributor session, PLEASE NOTE: all the content has moved and the Information Architecture has been re-architected! The new structure is broadly outlined in the "Working with the New Libraries Website Components and Information Architecture" documentation. This covers editing and content changes in light of the new Responsive Design. It's available via the StaffWeb WCM User Guide and in this post. CourseWorks and all other content should now be available for updates and edits.
We will be continuing to transition related web services and secondary sites to the new design over the next weeks. We will also be actively working throughout the summer and into the fall to improve the functionality, to respond to usability test results and other assessment findings, and to enhance our users' experience.
We've been receiving wonderful and helpful feedback! Thank you!
The Libraries' website will be unavailable between 9:00pm and 10:00pm Sunday, June 2. This outage is necessary for the initial rollout of the Libraries' new website.
Columbia University Libraries is launching a newly redesigned Libraries Website and a new version of CLIO!
We encourage you to join the conversation by taking advantage of feedback opportunities and following us on Twitter @ColumbiaLib throughout the relaunch process. Visit our RElaunch site beginning Monday, June 3, for updates and more information about the redesign and feedback opportunities. Your feedback and engagement is valuable to us, and we look forward to introducing these new tools!
The ReLaunch process is underway. We have a lot to do over the weekend to transition to the new site!
The Libraries Website is now frozen and will be unavailable for editing until Monday. We will let you know when you can begin working on your pages again.
The Libraries Website is re-launching on Monday June 3rd. Between Sunday, 2 June, and Monday, 3 June, the Preview Site, http://preview-library.cul.columbia.edu/, will be transferred to http://library.columbia.edu/.
Content will be frozen at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 31 May 2013, for the Libraries Website (http://library.columbia.edu and http://preview-library.cul.
The transition of all all Libraries' web sites into the new design will continue through the days following the launch. These include Serials Solutions services (E-Journals, Summon, and Citation Finder, a.k.a. e-link), our Online Exhibitions (mostly housed in Omeka), the Interlibrary Loan Services, and others.
We will be responding to questions as quickly as we are able throughout this transition, and we will be working with feedback and other usability data over the summer to prepare for the increased usage that will come with the fall semester. We will also be offering staff orientation sessions over the summer to address the needs of librarians and others responsible for library instruction sessions and those who work closely with faculty and other researchers, to ensure that you can use the site effectively for your needs.
Those with Locations Homepages (generally each top-level page that was formerly under the "indiv" directory) should be able to edit their featured content areas now. If you have problems doing so or have questions, please let us know.
Also a number of you, and a number of faculty, have asked where to find the "Custom Search" (or MetaLib) service in the new site. It is now included in the sidebar on all the pages under "Find."
- Activating pages should now work! Please let us know if you are still unable to activate pages.
- Contributors to the Libraries' Website should now be able to edit the Featured Content area that is part of the homepage for each library.
- Contributors should now have access to edit and update the Subject Guides they maintain.
We are continuing to troubleshoot the new site and to address issues that are being identified. To view the Preview Site, go to http://preview-library.cul.columbia.edu/
There are a number of things to keep in mind as you edit your pages in Preview:
- Resolver URLs will take you to the current pages (e.g., the Ask a Librarian resolver) until we go live. ALL the resolvers will be updated at one time when we switch the site over.
- Image captions cannot contain HTML code (including link tags <a href=""></a>). If you create an image link in the component, the caption will become a link as well.
- URLs (created by what is put in the NAME field in CQ) should be lowercase and, if they need to be more than one word, connected by hyphens (e.g., digital-collections).
- We are working on the permissions, both for Activating pages and for editing the Featured Content areas. I will send a notice when those permissions issues have been resolved.
We will continue to add to our page of Known Issues and update you via the blog as we work through more of our tasks to get the Libraries' site, and many of our related services and sites, ready for the June Launch!