The Fine Arts Library Redesign is now complete and moved to production. Many new improvements have been made to the information architecture, design and content integration to improve user interaction and reduce maintenance efforts.
Information architecture improvements include a new site layout which chunks content together logically and allows for easier lateral navigation. A horizontal navigation was created to classify main sections. We are now using active states to highlight the main and subsections a user visits, thus providing context and wayfinding clues. The redesigned home page spotlights new applications we’ve recently developed and allows for more continuity with the main Libraries home page.
A new design was created to integrate within the Libraries approved secondary template. This design includes a new secondary header throughout the FAL site so the user easily recognizes what branch they are in. The header includes a new logo providing the full branch name and acronym and includes rotating images of faculty and students using the library. Colors for the new design where drawn from the interior colors used in the branch. To separate the main content from the surrounding site a new treatment was designed to visually raise the main content and to separate the horizontal navigation by providing a distinct look for easy recognition.
Content integration and reduced maintenance has been improved by integrating Recent Arrivals, FAL News, Staff Picks and Hours. All four reduce bloat by including only recent content and reduce maintenance by integrating content from the Catalog, Blog, or a central application. Staff picks can be submitted through the Catalog and programming was provided to cache and display these picks within the branch site. FAL News is managed through a blog, cached and displayed in a news page and on the branch home page. Hours is also displayed in the branch site but maintained in a central application.
TIS would like to thank the Fine Arts Library Staff and the Library Systems for their important collaboration and for ensuring the completion of this project before the set deadline.