So you want a new website. Eric Lease Morgan University Libraries of Notre Dame. Overview . Assessment and research Strategic plan Implementation. Some background.
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Eric Lease Morgan
University Libraries of Notre Dame
The library’s website had been existence for four or five years. It “grew” rather organically and generally reflected the organizational structure of the institution.
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S O N D J F M A M J
Months of 2003 - 2004
The library hired a University-based graphic designer. The designer helped the library move forward because of his expertise. “Everybody’s a critic.”
The creation of an unlimited number of facet/term combinations has allowed us to create very broad but shallow controlled vocabularies. Resources can then be assigned any number of facet/term combinations for classification purposes.
This was rather easy. We simply used the templates given to use by the graphic designer and used an HTML editor (Macromedia Contribute) to create new sets of documents.
Sets of object oriented Perl modules provide the means of automating the input and output against the underlying relational database. These modules are distributed under the moniker of MyLibrary 3.0.
Every night, records containing “Y” in field 596 $d are dumped to a file. The Perl modules are then used to read the MARC records, and update the database accordingly.
While we facilitated usability tests throughout the process, the one at the proved to be the most informative. In short, the website was navigable but people had trouble with articles, journals, and basic finding in the catalog.
The system is still not as easy as Google.