Changes to Library Site, Room Bookings, Research Appointments, and Request Forms

Heads up! Changes ahead.

The University Libraries are making some big changes to improve the user experience of our web site. We are in the process of moving our site entirely into the LibGuides content management system and making changes that we hope will make your time on our website more efficient and enjoyable.

What’s changing? These major areas:

  1. Library site design
  2. Room reservations – including reservable group study spaces!
  3. Appointments with librarians
  4. Request forms

Starting August 1st you’ll see changes in the site. The pages for the Art Library, Music Library, room reservations, hours, and request forms as well as the Research Guides will be in a new design. The rest of the site will be following and we will release the next batch to the public site over the winter break. As the pages move into the new system there will be a number of URL changes. For example, the Music Library’s URL will change from http://louisville.edu/library/music to http://library.louisville.edu/music/home.

New Music Library homepage

New Music Library homepage

The new design includes:

  1. A more consistent experience of what we formerly called “Research Guides” and now call “Subject Guides.” Each subject will open to a page that very concisely lists
    • the most recommended databases for that subject,
    • a list of the related subject and course guides, and
    • a picture and contact info for the subject librarian
  2. Throughout the site a tab appears on the right side of the page with buttons that:
    • provide contact info for the librarian most relevant to the page you’re on
    • open to a site search function
    • open to an “email this page” function
    • bring the user to the top or bottom of the page
  3.  A new font custom-made for its readability online called Merriweather.

Room Bookings

The rooms in our libraries are scheduled for many purposes from library instruction sessions to lectures by prominent leaders, authors, and scholars. In the past there have been multiple systems for reserving the different types of rooms, starting in the fall we hope to make this a lot easier for our patrons.

We’ll be using a new booking system called LibCal. People who want to schedule a room can look at the calendar, see what times are available, click on the time(s) they want, and make their request. It’s that simple. This system will be available to reserve rooms in Ekstrom Library, the Bridwell Art Library, and the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library.

LibCal. Yellow times are reserved. Blue times are available. You can click any blue time to request a reservation.

LibCal. Yellow times are reserved. Blue times are available. You can click any blue time to request a reservation.

In the fall semester we’ll also be doing a pilot program to test using LibCal to allow students to reserve group study rooms. They’ll be able to go online and make a reservation for one of several group study rooms on the first floor of Ekstrom Library.

 

Research Appointments with Librarians

Our research librarians will begin using the LibCal system to schedule appointments online. We’re hoping this will reduce the amount of time between when a student/researcher makes a request and when they can see the librarian. Each librarian will enter his/her available times into LibCal and when a student wants to make an appointment they can just choose an available time that works for them. Easy peasy!

Forms

Our users may notice that forms are a little easier to use in the Fall. Some design changes will mean less scrolling, plus there will be fewer forms to choose from which we hope will make it easier to find the form you want. The new system allows us to ask “conditional” questions. When a conditional question is answered it provides different information depending on which option was chosen. This allows us to have a single form where multiple forms may have existed previously. For example, now there is one form for holds – regardless of which library has the item or whether the item is a book or video. If a person chooses book, for example, the form automatically shows just the questions related to getting a book.

So, yes, this is a lot of changes! We hope you find the new site fun and easy to use. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask – just Contact Us.


2 Comments on “Changes to Library Site, Room Bookings, Research Appointments, and Request Forms”

  1. Don Burden says:

    I am a U of L alumni. I like being able to check out books, but don’t like needing to phone in to renew. I hope we can renew online in the future with the new site.

  2. Terri Holtze says:

    Current UofL students, faculty, and staff can renew their items online. (Just go to the homepage at http://louisville.edu/library, choose Services, and Renew Online. Then login with your UofLink userid and password.)

    Unfortunately, online renewal is not available to alumni and other users who are not in the ULink system. We’ll keep looking for a solution.


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