TIS worked closely with the Classics Library staff to evaluate and organize their site content. The redesign focused on more user-friendly layouts and improved consistency with other library sites like FAL, APL, MSL, and PCL. TIS also took the opportunity to transition the site into the Libraries Content Management System to improve template stability and allow improved access for multiple authors.
The new site reduces maintenance and provides consistent data maintained by views from centrally-managed content. Examples of centrally-managed content are Library Hours, Human Resources managed Staff Directory, and the integration of the Libraries Recent Arrivals application.
TIS also sought to improve communication and outreach by providing a blog to represent a digital news board. The similarly themed blog, which is accessed from the classics home page, presents a traditional news listing with built-in tagging, archiving, and RSS feeds. The blog also affords content separation that allows for less formal posting of content. The Classics staff use the news blog to highlight specialized classics books, journals, and other resources available across campus Libraries.
The Classics Library has already received several positive comments:
“nice, Gina! It looks good“
“Cool! Thanks very much for this. I will bookmark it forthwith”
“this is fantastic!! Very helpful indeed esp. for us who are on the other side of campus!“
–Fine Arts Faculty