Web Site of the Month Archive
Spring Arbor University
If you motor west from the Motor City, in about 90 miles you’ll come to Spring Arbor, Michigan, home of Spring Arbor University.
The White Library at Spring Arbor University boasts a Web site that is compact and well-organized, with little extraneous information. Two large buttons on the library’s home page offer students two simple options: “Find Books” and “Find Articles.” Another colorful “Help!” button quickly directs students to frequently-requested resources, including citation guides and subject guides.
Within the site, a “How To” section of the library’s “News” blog features multimedia tutorials on topics such as how to print from a personal laptop or how to use EBSCO databases. Each page other than the home page has simple yet noticeable links in the sidebar encouraging users to contact a librarian or to submit an interlibrary loan request.
Library director Roy Meador and his staff are to be complimented on creating a site that embodies the famous Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotation, “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
New York state: it’s home to the Statue of Liberty in the east, Niagara Falls in the west, and, almost midway between the two, in the city of Ithaca, Ithaca College.
The Ithaca College Library Web site is packed with content, but the spare layout keeps the pages from looking cluttered. Patrons can easily browse lists of library materials, including DVDs, new books, and even musicals. FAQ and “Tell Us” pages present information about library policies and responses to patrons’ actual questions in a user-oriented fashion. Subject and course guides are prominently featured and well-integrated into the site.
College Librarian Lisabeth Chabot and the rest of the staff at the Ithaca College Library should be proud of this content-rich site.
South Carolina is called the Palmetto State, but palmettos are not a common sight in the state’s Piedmont region, whereWofford College is located.
The facilities at Wofford College’s Sandor Teszler Library are displayed appealingly on the library’s Web site, which includes many photographs of students learning within the library’s walls. A rotating series of events, resources, and archival collections are featured on the home page. The Writing Center, which is located within the library, receives prominent billing. Like many library Web sites, it features a tabbed search box with options for finding books, articles, reserves and subject guides.
Congratulations to Oakley Coburn and the rest of the staff at the Sandor Teszler Library for creating a site that showcases their facility and its resources so well!
Southern Adventist University
Stretching almost 500 miles from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee can boast the most-visited national park in the United States and can make a worthy claim to be the birthplace of several musical genres. It is also the home of Southern Adventist University, located in Collegedale, in the southeastern corner of the state.
The McKee Library at Southern Adventist University features an easy-to-use, intuitively organized Web site that pleases the eye. A tabbed search box gives quick access to the library catalog, databases, and research guides. A computer availability map helps students find a computer to use. The entire site has a professional look and feel, with a consistent, clean design.
Joe Mocnik and the rest of the staff at the McKee Library are to be commended for developing such an aesthetically pleasing and functional site.
A state that can contain high desert, a volcanic mountain range, glaciers, redwood forests and a coastline to the Pacific Ocean must be one unique place indeed. Oregon houses all of these natural features, and a population just as diverse. Portland, Oregon the most populous city in the state, and one of the most diverse, is home to Reed College.
The Reed College Library website takes advantage of many recent trends in website design. These designs work together seamlessly to provide users with a unique experience. Along with the tabbed browsing above a centrally located search box are other innovations. The icons below the help box lead users to additional assistance by contacting the library or a librarian. There is a focus on helping the user find the information they need, as opposed to letting the user find the information on their own. The additional tabs, in a more traditional left hand navigation bar, further break down library information into easy to understand categories.
Victoria Hanawalt and her talented library staff are to be congratulated for the unique and usable design of the Reed College Library website.
Bordered by the crossroads of the Midwest to the East and the Great Plains to West, Iowa fits squarely in America’s heartland. Vast rolling hills dominated by rural open spaces are punctuated by vibrant cities with historic downtowns. Amid the great wind turbine farms in the Northwest corner of Iowa is the aptly named Northwestern College.
The Ramaker Library at Northwestern College can boast a truly easy to use library website interface. The myriad of information available at the library is broken down into two concise categories- Resources and Services. This is in addition to the tabbed search box where users can quickly and easily search for items and make minor advanced search queries. There is prominent access to library account and Ask a Librarian services. The addition of user testimonials in the scrolling graphics box is a nice accent to reinforce the service model expressed by the library.
Tim Schlack, Director of Ramaker Library, and all of his staff have successfully created an online library interface that meets the needs of all users- students, faculty and staff. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
High Point University
North Carolina is a diverse state bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the East and the Appalachian Mountains on the West. Nestled in the central hub of the State is the Piedmont Triad area; home to High Point University. Surrounded by rolling hills High Point University contains a high point for college library website design.
The High Point Libraries share a website that has many features that stand out. A tabbed search box is easy to use and prominently displayed on the main page. The left hand navigation remains constant when moving through the library’s website (outside of the library catalog search). In addition there are several other notable features. A Twitter feed box and Ask A Librarian chat box provide interactive discovery tools for library patrons. An eye catching banner ad for various High Point Libraries services is above the main search box, with a click it will link directly to the advertised service.
Director of Library Services, David Bryden, and his staff should be commended for their forward thinking, interactive library website.
Deep in the heart of Texas is a famous American landmark, amazing hospitality, a feisty art scene and in the middle of it all, a Riverwalk. San Antonio, Texas encompasses all of that and is home to one more notable location – Trinity University. Trinity University’s homepage for the Coates Library has everything a user could need. Clearly categorized resources listed along the top guide users to resources of interest. The tabbed browsing box below lets users search on their own. Various other widgets are also available to users, including an Ask A Librarian interactive chat box, a LibGuides box and a rotating news and information portal. The wealth of information offered to the user on the page is clearly organized and well placed for best use. University Library, Diane Graves, and her staff should be commended for creating an informative and useful site for all.
Spring Hill College
The State of Alabama has a long and storied history. Some memorable names come from this southern gem including George Washington Carver, Ozzie Smith, Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Harper Lee, just to name a few! Alabama has connections to the NASA Space Program in Huntsville and worldwide shipping through the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile. Also in Mobile is Spring Hill College featuring the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library. The Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library website is visually appealing; the first feature to catch the user’s eye is the rotating display of new books. Below the virtual book display is the centrally located search box surrounded by other useful tools. An ask-a-librarian widget, links to social media and bookmarking, and additional library information surround the central search box. Information and services are easily accessible to all users. Gentry Lankewicz Holbert, Director, and his staff have created a library website that combines tools and information seamlessly.
Great Basin College
The Silver State is known for world class entertainment and the wide open spaces of the high desert. Rural Northeast Nevada is home to Great Basin College located in Elko. The Great Basin College Library website showcases efficiency and purpose. Minimal links are available on the library’s homepage. A commitment to meeting the needs of students is apparent with the prominent placement of the Suggestion Box link. Three search boxes are available: a simple catalog search box, a “How do I” drop down menu, and a Google search. A menu at the top of the page provides further assistance to all users. Library Director,David Ellefsen, and his talented staff are commended on crafting a simple and eloquent site.
John Brown University
Dixie State College
Fairmont State University
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Valdosta State University
Cardinal Stritch University
Salve Regina University
Hawai'i Pacific University
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Eastern New Mexico University
Black Hills State University
University of Denver
Alaska Pacific University
Dickinson State University
Prescott College Library
Christopher Newport University
Lewis-Clark State College
Christian Brothers University
Southern Utah University
East Central University
Lewis & Clark College
Saint Anselm College
College of Saint Mary
Montana State University-Northern
William Woods University
Centenary College of Louisiana
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