Search is the cornerstone of the library website, and the primary goal of our online presence: to help users find resources and information so that they can do their work.
The University of Michigan Library is working hard to improve the accessibility of all our websites. This brings up a simple question: what does it mean to make a website accessible?
The Readability Test Tool can help web content creators make pages easier to read.
The Digital Library Production Service (DLPS) recently did a thoughtful and comprehensive update of its web presence on the University of Michigan Library website. This post summarizes the process and calls out the value of having a web content strategist in the mix.
Relevance is a complex concept which reflects aspects of a query, a document, and the user as well as contextual factors. Relevance involves many factors such as the user's preferences, task, stage in their information-seeking, domain knowledge, intent, and the context of a particular search. This post is the third in a series by Tom Burton-West, one of the HathiTrust developers, who has been working on practical relevance ranking for all the volumes in HathiTrust for a number of years.
Datamart was designed to be an option for Library staff to get reports of Aleph catalog data in an easy, self-serve way. But how much are we really using it?
Does adding links to popular databases change user searching behavior? An October 2013 change to the University of Michigan Library’s front page gave us the opportunity to conduct an empirical study and shows that user behavior has changed since the new front page design was launched.
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