We have been working on a redesign of the UGA Libraries home page, based on feedback from the survey we conducted last year, along with usability testing. The main goals of the redesign were to reduce the number of links you see when you come to the page, while at the same time making things easier to find, to pull out those things that people use the most (now under ‘Popular Links’) and to update the look of the page.
The tabbed search box remains a central part of the page, but we have added some functionality to the Books & More and Journals tabs. We have also changed the default option to “Multi-Search”, the system that lets you search over 90 GALILEO databases and the GIL Library Catalog all at once. We have done this because the Multi-Search service has received a positive response from our patrons and is a great starting point for many people’s searches.
Another new feature is a Chat box that you can use to get real-time help from Reference librarians. Want to get in touch with us in other ways, such as by email or text? Check out our ‘Contact Us’ link on the right of the screen. The new home page also has a scrollable selection of featured sites, and links to our social media sites.
The other pages on our site will remain basically the same, with a few minor tweaks to appearance and the search function.
The new home page has just gone live. We hope you like it! If you want to share feedback about the new page, please comment on this post, or email firstname.lastname@example.org