This summer we used the results from website analytics and usability tests that involved faculty, staff and students to create a new library homepage. The goal was to incorporate the look and feel of the new Boston College website design with all we’ve learned about how people use the BC Libraries to find information. The page has several new features:
One Search Box
The most prominent change is that we now offer one simplified search, front and center, with links to more specific searches for Books, Articles, Journals, etc. Enter your search to find books, journals, articles, databases, films, music, laptops, and other material, along with recommendations of research guides, websites, and librarians to help you with your research.
We know many people want quick access to their library account in order to renew items or check due dates, so we’ve added an Accounts link to the top menu. Just below that, the highly sought-after link to library Hours appears in the black bar. A full display of today’s hours at each library appears in the footer as well.
Balancing quick links with instruction
Our library users have diverse needs and we aim to meet those needs by offering quick links along with guidance. Experienced users will quickly find our most popular databases, along with a link to our full list of more than 800 databases. Those who are unsure of where to start can find help in the Start your Research section with links to subject research guides and course guides. Below that, we continue to offer quick links to our most popular services and now brief descriptions have been added.
Highlighting our collections
In order to spark interest and encourage exploration of our rich collections, we’ve added large eye-catching images and videos across the page. You’ll see highlights from our collections including exhibits, digital collections, and faculty publication interviews. We are very proud of all the libraries have to offer and we hope you’ll find interesting examples highlighted here. Check back frequently since we’ll feature new collections throughout the year.
As always, we welcome your feedback. Your comments, questions, and suggestions help us continually improve our site and get you to the information that you need. Use the FEEDBACK link on the top bar to send us your ideas. Thank you!