The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) recently launched a redesign of the central website. The redesigned website features improved search options, easier researching processes, clearer and more up to date content, and an improved user experience. This design will act as a template for future subsites within UTL.
Thank you! Your involvement in the redesign process helped us build a website that meets the needs of our wide range of users. We aimed to involve as many individuals as possible in providing feedback throughout the redesign process.
Even though the redesign is live, your feedback is still essential. We are moving towards an iterative design process where small updates are made regularly to the live site. We will be completing another round of usability testing later in the summer, but you can get involved any time by:
- Using the feedback flag (on the lower right-hand side of every page) to let us know what you think
- Emailing us directly
- Checking the UTL news feed and Twitter regularly for updates, such as new feature releases
Please contact us to explore other opportunites for involvement with your group, campus library, or committee.
The new website is fully responsive, providing a unified user experience across all browsers and devices. The new design fits all screen sizes, automatically shrinking for smaller screens on smartphones and tablets, or adapting to larger screens such as a desktop monitor, laptops, TVs, and digital signage displays.
Examples of responsive websites produced by ITS:
- Library catalogue
- Jackman Humanities Institute
- Canada Hong Kong Library
- ITS departmental website
- Article finder
- DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set)
- Beta release - Collections UofT
Commitment to online accessibility
UTL is committed to providing all users with equitable access to University of Toronto Libraries’ digital spaces. The new library website is accessible to Level AA standards, as outlined by the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). Tell us about a web accessibility problem if you find one.
High-level project dates are noted below. For more detailed information, please contact us via email.
|June-July 2015||Follow up usability testing||Planned|
|May 2015||Final site launch||In progress|
|April 2015||Beta launch
Final development, testing, and launch preparation
|March 2015||Launch, testing, and refinement of beta site||Complete|
|Testing and refinement of alpha site||Complete|
|Alpha site launch||Complete|
Final phase of design and development
Prepare for alpha site launch
|Testing and feedback||Complete|
|September 15 - October 31||Fourth phase of design and development||Complete|
|July 14 - August 31||Testing and feedback||Complete|
Third phase of design and development
June 23 - July 4
Testing and feedback
|Second phase of design and development||Complete|
|June 2-13||User and stakeholder feedback; analysis and recommendations for next stage of development||Complete|
|May 26||First phase of design and development||Complete|
|March 31 - May 23||
Information gathering and research
Stakeholder and user outreach and feedback
For more information about the project or to get involved, email the project directly at web(AT)library.utoronto.ca.