Since our last round of usability testing, the ITS team has been busy incorporating your feedback into the redesign of the University of Toronto Libraries' central website. We are excited to announce that the beta version of the new library website is up and running!
The beta stage is an important part of the redesign process. It gives you the opportunity to experience the new site architecture and refreshed content, and to test new features as they are released. During this phase, we encourage you to focus your input on the site's various search functions. As new features are released and content is added, you will see the test site update.
Please note: For the most up-to-date content, always check the library's existing site until the redesigned website is launched in mid-May 2015.
Since the first round of usability testing, we've made the following improvements to the site:
- New and improved search tool: We want to make sure that you can find the resources you need as easily as possible. Now, your search results will be clearly broken down by format (e.g. books, articles, research guides). We've also added a Google Custom Search, so that you can find pages containing your search terms within the website.
- Find scholarly articles more easily: We've updated the Summon interface to match the website design, making your search faster and more accurate.
- More support if you can't find what you're looking for: Are you having trouble finding what you're looking for with our new search tool? Don't worry! On the same page as your search results, you'll notice links for several other ways to find what you need, like WorldCat.
- LibGuides are now searchable: You can now do keyword searches to find LibGuides that relate to your topic. In addition, we still list LibGuides by subjet, course code, and library.
- Pages in "Databases: Subjects A-Z" are less crowded: Many usability testing participants felt overwhelmed by all of the content in the "Databases: Subjects A-Z" section. Now, the pages' boxes are collapsed automatically. If you're interested in a specific type of resource (e.g. article databases), simply click the "More" button in the box's right-hand corner, and a complete list will appear.
How to get involved
Our next step is a second round of usability testing. Based on testing results and user feedback, we will continue to make improvements to the beta site over the next couple of months. Sign up for testing today.
You can also get involved by:
- Using the feedback flag (on the lower right-hand side of every page) to let us know what you think
- Completing the online testing tool
- Emailing us directly
- Learning more about the project, future opportunities for testing, and new features by visiting the project page on the ITS website
- Checking the UTL news feed and Twitter regularly for updates, such as new feature releases