Designing Change

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. – Francis Bacon, The Essays, 1597

As mentioned in our previous posts, we had a variety of reasons for making changes to our web site. It’s not that our old site was bad, it was just old. That means that it looked old and the technology behind it was old. A lot of its organization didn’t make sense to people when they first visited our site. We knew we could build a better site – one that gets you to the information you need faster than before and one that allows us the maximum flexibility and efficiency in organizing, presenting, and maintaining the information, resources and services we provide to you.

Over 20 staff in the Libraries spent approximately 90 minutes in training to become content editors for our new site. With just a bit more time practicing on their own, we now have a cadre of page authors able to maintain and update the web site content for which they are experts – no special technical expertise needed. This significantly improves our efficiency and our ability to make needed changes to the site in the future.

Since the Libraries’ content is increasingly electronic (we spend approximately half of our content expenditures on electronic content) and no matter what library research you might be doing, you’re going to be using our web site, it was critical for us to re-build the site from ground-up so that it could be organized and presented in a way that makes the most-used information the easiest to get to.

While improving the user experience and increasing our efficiencies were our primary goals in making this change, we also worked to incorporate a modern look that complies with OHIO brand standards and integrate the latest tool in information discovery (ArticlesPlus). The Libraries’ web site will never be “finished.” We will continue to respond to your feedback and continue to work to make your information discovery easier and more efficient. Unfortunately, change is constant.