In keeping with Washington University Libraries’ ongoing commitment to providing user-friendly service and seamless access to information, the library’s Web Team continually seeks to evaluate and strengthen the organization’s online presence. While much of that work occurs incrementally, in July of 2013, the team began the first phase of a major project to redesign the library website. The overarching aim is to improve the look, organization, content, and overall usability of the site.
Much has been accomplished since July of 2013. Pages were evaluated, site architecture was built, and content was converted to the WordPress platform, a content management system. The University Libraries partnered with the Office of Public Affairs and adopted their template to improve the user experience for our website’s visitors, to provide an easier way for content specialists to update their pages, and to be consistent with university branding.
In the Fall 2015 semester, we will be launching a beta site for the University Libraries. Both the beta site and the current website will be available from September 8 through December, allowing users to provide feedback and our staff to make any needed adjustments to the new site before the January 2016 full launch.