Google now prioritizes mobile-friendly sites (like our new site)

We've all visited sites that were definitely not designed with our smartphones and tablets in mind. The tiny text, the excessive scrolling, and the awkward-looking menus made for a less than ideal user experience.

Fortunately, Google has a plan to help us out. Starting this past Tuesday (April 21), it is using a new algorithm to prioritize mobile-friendly websites in its search results. Are you wondering if a site that you like to visit on your laptop is mobile-friendly? Google's new Mobile-Friendly Test can help with that, too. All you have to do is enter the URL, and within seconds, Google will determine if the site is mobile-friendly.

You may be asking: What does this have to do with the library website? The new central website (now in its beta version) incorporates responsive design practices - that is, it's designed to be mobile-friendly by adapting to the size of your screen, whether that screen is on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. This means that when you search for our library website, you can not only find it easily in your mobile search results, but also rest assured that you will have a consistently excellent experience on our site, no matter what device you're using.

In case you're not convinced of the new library website's responsiveness, here are the results of Google's Mobile-Friendly Test:

 

 

The new mobile-friendly version of our website will formally launch in mid-May. Stay tuned to the ITS website, the existing library website, and Twitter for updates on this exciting project!

 

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