On July 5, watch for the refreshed version of the libraries.dal.ca
The refreshed website features improved navigation, a new front page layout including a tab called “My Library Account,” and a tabbed search box. We’re especially proud of the new hours widget on the front page, allowing you to see at a glance the hours of all our locations at once.
The changes to libraries.dal.ca have been made in response to user testing and focus groups that started in the summer of 2015. Usability testing and consulting continued into the spring of 2016. To all students, faculty, and staff who took part in our research and provided valuable feedback, thank you!
Libraries.dal.ca is an integral part of our services. It is our sixth library, providing access to research information for students, researchers, and faculty wherever they are. Our website is the most-used website at Dal after dal.ca. Despite its high usage of 1,415,612 unique sessions and 2,890,032 page views in the past year, we knew libraries.dal.ca needed improvements. Results revealed from the LibQUAL+ survey told us that users of the website reported they sometimes had difficulty finding what they were looking for and used Google instead. We also wanted to eliminate confusing library jargon from our website.
We are looking forward to launch day and to serving you better online. We couldn’t have made these improvements without the Dal Libraries Web Committee, Dalhousie’s Web Team, and Creative Services.
Special thanks to the University of British Columbia for sharing the code they developed for the hours widget, and to Computer Science intern Zhaoxin Li for his work on modifying it for our needs. Many thanks to recent SIM graduates Emily Colford and Charlotte MacKeigan for their assistance with usability research, redesign/layout work, and more.