As you may have already noticed, the Library website, like the rest of the St. Mary’s College website, has a new look! Over the past few months the librarians and the amazing Web Services team have been working hard to create website for the Library, Archives, and Media Center that are
- easy to use
- attractive to view
- and responsive, meaning you can view and interact with the site effectively regardless of the size of your screen.
We know that most people come to our Library’s website to access research resources, so we’ve featured OneSearch and all of our research tools like the catalog, ejournals, databases, and interlibrary loan prominently on the Library’s homepage. Our menu options stayed the same (About, Services, Research), so most of our information is in familiar places. We’re also starting to feature different, lesser known library items in our In the Collection feature. Take a look! You just might find your new favorite journal, book, or database.
I know some of you may be asking yourselves: Why the change? Why so drastic?
The biggest push for this dramatic change is in the responsive nature of our new library website. As I mentioned above, this means that you’ll be able to access the library website from any device–laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.–and have the display be optimized for your screen. No more zooming in or excessive scrolling. Our old library website layout didn’t meet responsive web guidelines, so we used this change as an opportunity to make some big changes.
We’re excited about our new website and we hope you are too!