I can’t say enough good things about the Albertsons Library here at Boise State. From the uber-friendly reference librarians to the inviting, sunlit-filled spaces for reading and relaxing, the library really offers a lot. I have been impressed by how service-oriented they really are. For instance, during finals week, they keep the first floor open all night for the students. And, of course, we all know about the Starbucks in the entrance to the library where you can get your latte before you settle down to read. But what I want to write about today is their new website.
Albertsons Library is in the process of rolling out a new website. It is still a work in progress (you’ll notice some of the pages still are in the old format), but I think the new look and design works really well. It is easier to read, with categories that make sense and help you find stuff. Trying to make sense of the multiple resource databases has always been a challenge for me, but there is a new button called “Find It” that helps a user locate an electronic resource.
Here is why I like the new website:
- It loads fast–no silly flash animations to draw our attention away from what matters and delay downloading of the webpage.
- It is clean and attractive, with a white background. White web pages are my favorite and they should be yours too!
- The content and organization makes sense and resources are easy to find. They were able to come up with four simple, broad categories: Find, Help, Services, About, and then include subcategories to each of these. It makes sense and is not an information overload.
- Current library events are posted in the right-hand navigation bar, right under a prominent image link to the library blog. Again, makes sense and also projects the feeling that the site is current and up-to-date.
- They even have a cute favicon. Favicons are those little icons you see in the web address bar before the URL (uniform resource locator). We are becoming accustomed to these little images and they help us identify a site. Nice.
So, if you haven’t checked it out, go there (to the library and also their new website). And thank the next librarian you see.