Library Website Update Project

July 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm will soon have a new look and feel. The Web Redesign Committee has been working with a local firm to create a brand new library website.

The current library website, which receives over 2,100,000 visits per year, has largely gone unchanged since 2003.  It is being replaced for a number of reasons:

  • The current site does not support mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, and many features are outdated.
  • The ColdFusion platform the current site is built on will be going away by the end of 2014, which means a new site needed to be built before that date.
  • The old site does not follow many of the conventions of modern web design, and needed to be changed to meet branding standards as well.
  • Library staff could not easily make changes to the old site.

Features of the new site include:

  • A responsive design that automatically resizes the content of the page to fit the user’s device, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, or a full size screen.
  • A simple search bar that searches many databases and the catalog simultaneously.
  • An improved interface that is less cluttered and will help users find what they’re looking for faster.
  • An editor interface that will allow staff to quickly and easily make adjustments to the content.

The site is in the final design stages and will undergo usability testing soon.  The tentative go-live date for the new site is September 30, 2014.  Some sample screenshots are shown below:






Ann Farrell
Library – Public Services
Plummer Building

Matt Hoy
Supervisor, Library & Audiovisual Services
Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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