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Library websites should help you discover… the library

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October 24, 2016 11:30 AM

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Academic libraries have gotten good at providing group study rooms. Their websites follow suit, providing online reservation systems that reveal these valuable spaces. What do library websites have to say about the rest of the library — learning commons, traditional reading rooms, carrels, seats in cafes, and other non-reservable spaces? Often, not much.

Given recent investments in library architecture — new and renovated buildings — that’s weird. It’s as if library websites don’t know what libraries have been up to lately. Reservation systems have obvious calls-to-action. Lounges and reading rooms don’t, but they still deserve attention from library websites. Some universities have started to figure this out. See how the websites of North Carolina State University Libraries and other libraries are helping users discover learning spaces.

What you’ll learn: •The state of the art in showcasing physical spaces in libraries •How websites can cope with the interaction-design challenge of no easy calls-to-action •The importance of focusing your website on your organization’s top strategic goals

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