Sleek, easy to navigate and more convenient are some of the words used to describe the Baylor Libraries' new Web site, which was unveiled Monday. Aug. 29.
"As one of the most frequently visited areas in the Baylor Web network, it is essential for the libraries' home page to provide an image which accurately reflects a 21st century library. The new configuration promises to better serve patrons as an efficient portal to valuable library services, resources and tools," said Billie Peterson-Lugo, assistant director in the Electronic Library.
"This site really came together in the last three months, and was built from the ground up," says Jeff Steely, the assistant director of Moody Library's client services. Steely sits on the committee responsible for upgrading the libraries' web site.
One of the main objectives for the new format was to create a cleaner, less-cluttered organizational structure that minimizes time spent searching for a particular area or topic. Some of the added features include a newly developed search tool, drop-down menus, and a short list of the latest library news, all of which reside on a clear and crisp main page.
"It looks pretty sleek--easy to navigate--I like it, compared to before," said Todd Blount, a speech communications senior.
Another student, Nicole Laird from Austin, noted its better aesthetic appeal, saying "it's pretty, and appears to be more convenient." She compared it to the old site, mentioning past difficulties she had finding certain sections.
The new home page is located at the same Web address, http://www.baylor.edu/library. Because of the large size of the site, it will take some time to relocate and integrate all of the content to the new pages.
To enhance the libraries' efforts even further, uswers are asked to provide feedback on the new design by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The changes do not affect the Web sites of the special libraries, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor Collections of Political Materials and The Texas Collection.