New databases for December

The following list represents new subscription databases added to the A-Z list of Resources, as well as those for which the vendor or platform has changed, from December 1-30. You may wish to add one or more of these to your subject guides.  New databases will be posted to reDUX at the end of each month.

American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922
http://libraries.iub.edu/american-slavery-collection-1820-1922

Associated Press Collections
http://libraries.iub.edu/associated-press-collections-online

BIOSIS Citation Index
http://libraries.iub.edu/biosis-citation-index

Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library
http://libraries.iub.edu/brazilian-and-portuguese-history-and-culture-oliveira-lima-library

British Literary Manuscripts Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/british-literary-manuscripts-online

Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876
http://libraries.iub.edu/caribbean-newspapers-1718-1876

Chatham House Online Archive
http://libraries.iub.edu/chatham-house-online-archive

Communication Source (formerly Communication and Mass Media Complete)
http://libraries.iub.edu/communication-source

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I
http://libraries.iub.edu/counseling-and-therapy-video-volume-I

Current Contents Connect
http://libraries.iub.edu/current-contents-connect

Data Citation Index
http://libraries.iub.edu/data-citation-index

Derwent Innovations Index
http://libraries.iub.edu/derwent-innovations-index

Evening Star, 1852-1981
http://libraries.iub.edu/evening-star-1852-1981

Fashion Studies Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/fashion-studies-online

Financial Times Historical Archive
http://libraries.iub.edu/financial-times-historical-archive-1888-2010

GeoScienceWorld eBook Collections
http://libraries.iub.edu/geoscienceworld-ebook-collections

Human Resource Management Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/human-resource-management-online

Human Rights Studies Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/human-rights-studies-online

Independent Digital Archive 1986-2012
http://libraries.iub.edu/independent-digital-archive-1986-2012

Independent Voices
http://libraries.iub.edu/independent-voices

Indigenous Peoples: North America
http://libraries.iub.edu/indigenous-peoples-north-america

Justis
http://libraries.iub.edu/justis

KCI Korean Journal Database
http://libraries.iub.edu/kci-korean-journal-database

Liberty Magazine
http://libraries.iub.edu/liberty-magazine-1924-1950

Listener Historical Archive
http://libraries.iub.edu/listener-historical-archive-1929-1991

The PBS Video Collection
http://libraries.iub.edu/pbs-video-collection

Psychological Experiments Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/psychological-experiments-online

SciELO Citation Index
http://libraries.iub.edu/scielo-citation-index

State Papers Online
http://libraries.iub.edu/state-papers-online

Sunday Times Digital Archive
http://libraries.iub.edu/sunday-times-digital-archive-1822-2006

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Introducing sought-after content strategy speaker Anne Haines!

We are sure excited. Know why?

Well, guess who’s speaking at Confab Central 2015, which is only the biggest event in content strategy? That’s right, our very own Anne Haines! She’ll be bringing some librarian-fu to Minneapolis in May.

We are so proud of her! Yay Anne!

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New databases for November

The following list represents new subscription databases added to the A-Z list of Resources, as well as those for which the vendor or platform has changed, from November 3-28. You may wish to add one or more of these to your subject guides.  New databases will be posted to reDUX at the end of each month.

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955
http://libraries.iub.edu/american-doctoral-dissertations-1933-1955

Education Week
http://libraries.iub.edu/education-week

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the World
http://libraries.iub.edu/proquest-statistical-abstract-world

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New databases for October

The following list represents new subscription databases added to the A-Z list of Resources, as well as those for which the vendor or platform has changed, from October 1-31. You may wish to add one or more of these to your subject guides.  New databases will be posted to reDUX at the end of each month.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
http://libraries.iub.edu/film-television-literature-index-full-text

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Transformations: Migrating to a New Model of Web Stewardship – For Further Reading

IOLUG conference logoCourtney Greene McDonald, Rachael Cohen, and I were pleased to give a panel presentation at today’s Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) fall conference. Our session description:

Transformations: Migrating to a New Model of Web Stewardship

Do you ever feel that although you are charged with running your website, it might actually be running you? We understand. Come and hear the epic tale of how the IU Bloomington Libraries migrated over 8000 pages from a decade-old locally-developed content management system to a shiny new Drupal-powered site by partnering with outside consultants — and, along the way, learned a few things about strategy and governance that are broadly applicable to web redesign or migration projects, small or large.

This session will describe how a small department discovered the secret to making a better web experience for our users lay in thinking holistically and strategically about our web content — in other words, in stewardship. No longer just chasing pages around, we were freed to invest our efforts into crafting a user-centric, sustainable web presence.

Attendees will walk away with new ideas and concrete strategies for prioritizing the end-user’s experience through emphasizing consistency and reducing clutter; introducing library staff to a new way of thinking strategically about web content (content strategy); and providing a more seamless discovery experience.

Many thanks to those who attended!  As promised, we’d like to share a few additional readings for those who may be interested in diving a little deeper. And we are happy to answer any additional questions that may arise after the fact – comment on this post, or use the “Contact Us” link above.

FOR FURTHER READING:

Casey, Meghan. “Content Strategy Can Save Us All from Slobdom.” Brain Traffic. 4 Aug. 2011.

Cohen, Georgy. “Structured Content: An Overview.” Meet Content. 27 Mar. 2012.

Halvorson, Kristina, and Melissa Rach. Content Strategy for the Web. 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2012.

Kissane, Erin. The Elements of Content Strategy. New York: A Book Apart, 2011.

Kurt, Lisa. “Responsive web design and libraries.” ACRL TechConnect Blog. Oct 4. 2012.

McDonald, Courtney Greene. Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services. ACRL, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.

Rasmussen, Claire. “Do It Like a Librarian: Ranganathan for Content Strategists.” Brain Traffic. 7 June 2012.

Schmidt, Aaron and Amanda Etches. Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience at Your Library. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.

Schmidt, Aaron. “Library Websites Should Be Smaller.” Walking Paper. 14 Mar. 2011.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. “User Experience Basics.” Usability.gov. Feb 19. 2014.

Weave: Journal of Library User Experience. [a new peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on topics related to user experience in libraries … check it out!]

“Writing for the Web” posts on this blog: https://blogs.libraries.iub.edu/redux/tag/writing-for-the-web/

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WeaveUX, issue 1: it’s here!

We’ve (weave? sorry…) been eagerly awaiting the first issue of WeaveUX: The Journal of Library User Experience around these parts, so we were pretty pumped to see it drop this morning.

What’s it all about? Well, to quote from their About page:

As the importance of digital services begins to rival that of collections, library user experience is taking a more central role than ever. While new jobs are being created for User Experience librarians and some departments are being renamed “User Experience” teams, there is still no comprehensive, rigorous publication for library UX professionals to share with and learn from their colleagues. Weave is intended to fill that gap. Weave helps practitioners and theorists come together to make libraries better.

Good deal. In this first issue, there are peer reviewed articles, there are essays and how-tos, an interview (um, with me …) and there’s even a ‘tweetposium’ generated using Storify. Check it out!

I’m honored to serve on the editorial board for this new venture and I’m grateful to be part of the first issue, but even more, I’m excited to see what insights and ideas will be shared via this fantastic new publication, now and in future.

Cheers to editors Matthew Reidsma, Kyle Felker and Pete Coco on launching the first issue.

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New databases for September

The following list represents new subscription databases added to the A-Z list of Resources, as well as those for which the vendor or platform has changed, from September 2-30. You may wish to add one or more of these to your subject guides.  New databases will be posted to reDUX at the end of each month.

Artemis Literary Sources
http://libraries.iub.edu/artemis-literary-sources

Artemis Primary Sources
http://libraries.iub.edu/artemis-primary-sources

Criterion Collection/Janus Films
http://libraries.iub.edu/criterion-collection-janus-films

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
http://libraries.iub.edu/directory-open-access-journals-doaj

GeoRef
http://libraries.iub.edu/georef-0

Hospitality and Tourism Complete
http://libraries.iub.edu/hospitality-and-tourism-complete

Taylor & Francis Ebooks
http://libraries.iub.edu/taylor-francis-ebooks

World Higher Education Database
http://libraries.iub.edu/world-higher-education-database

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New databases for August

The following list represents new subscription databases added to the A-Z list of Resources, as well as those for which the vendor has changed, from August 1-29. You may wish to add one or more of these to your subject guides.  New databases will be posted to reDUX at the end of each month.

EdITLib
http://libraries.iub.edu/editlib

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Putting the User First

Cover image of Putting the User FirstWe here in Discovery & Research Services are VERY happy to congratulate our fearless leader, Courtney McDonald, on the publication of her new book! Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services, published by ACRL, can (and should! do it!) be purchased via the ALA Store online.

I haven’t had time to read the book yet, but I’ve spent a few minutes skimming through it, so I have some first impressions. It’s a small square book, entirely unintimidating; each of its short chapters explores one thing that you can do to make your library better for its users (patrons, customers, whatEVER). I imagine this as a book you’d have sitting on your desk for a while, and maybe you’d pick it up and read one chapter every morning before diving into the workday. Sort of a “daily meditation” thing, although the whole point of the book is to actually DO something, not just meditate about it. Those who know Courtney will find a familiar voice throughout – conversational, whimsical, but in the end very practical.

Here’s a peek inside the book. This is the content strategy chapter. Yes, I totally cut off the side of the right-hand page. I have no shame – you’ll just have to buy it if you want to see what’s there… :)

Partial view of the "Curate" chapter

Congratulations to Courtney!

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Looking Back, Moving Forward – New Website is Launched!

Today (July 7, 2014) marks the official launch date of the Libraries’ new Drupal-powered website and the decommissioning of our old site, along with the locally-developed content management system that powers it (the Content Manager, or CM). This is a pretty big milestone for us in a lot of ways. The new site will be easier for us to maintain; it will make it easier to manage our content strategically; and most importantly, we think it will be easier for our users to navigate and find the information that they need.

Libraries' home page in 2001

This was our home page in 2001, pre-Content Manager.

We initially launched our old site in 2002. At the time, having a database-driven website and a content management system was a HUGE step forward for us; our previous site had been simply a homepage which linked out to pages on a whole bunch of different accounts housed on IU’s central web server. On that old site, when we wanted to make a change to the site template (like when we added the two round buttons to the left-hand navigation in the image above), someone actually had to email everybody who managed library web pages, send them the HTML for the new template, and ask them to please change all their pages.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

Libraries' home page in Nov. 2002

Home page in Nov. 2002 (first iteration of the Content Manager site)

We made some improvements to the site over the years – including a couple of visual refreshes, implementation of the Google Search Appliance, replacement of the “Find Information” page with the “Resource Gateway,” and the launch of subject pages, which combined the old “Databases by Subject” with the collection pages. But the basic structure of the site, and the content management system behind it, remained pretty much the same.

Libraries' home page in 2007

Home page following the 2007 visual refresh & implementation of subject pages

By the way, I used the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to come up with those screenshots. If you want to revisit our old site, that’s the place to go!

And, one last look at the final iteration of the Content Manager-powered site:

Libraries' home page in 2014, pre-migration

Farewell, old site!

Thinking back on the history of our site and how it’s changed since 2002, I decided to look at amazon.com and see what it looked like back then. Over the years, Amazon has changed its site quite a bit – but for the most part its changes have been incremental. You don’t generally go to Amazon and find a completely different site than the one you’re used to using, but they make small changes in design and functionality ALL THE TIME, and those changes add up! Here’s what Amazon’s home page looked like in 2002:

amazon.com home page in 2002

Compare this to the amazon.com of today.

We were playing Everquest and buying Monsters Inc. on VHS…

detail from amazon.com home page, 2002

Those were the days!

Check out the Toshiba Pocket PC. What incredible technology! 😉

Toshiba Pocket PC ad from amazon.com, 2002

Did anybody have one of these?

And of course your 2002 life would not have been complete without Chicken Dance Elmo…

ad for Chicken Dance Elmo toy, amazon.com 2002

CHICKEN DANCE ELMO!

The world has indeed changed since 2002. The Content Manager was a pretty big step forward then, but it’s time to move on! We’re happy to launch the new website and say goodbye to the old – we hope you will be, too.

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