Classics Library Redesign

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.

Classics Home Page

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


Virtual Landscapes of Texas

Virtual Landscapes of Texas

The Geology Library staff requested a redesign of the Virtual Landscapes of Texas site, which was about 10 years old and not meeting the full needs of its users.  After research and interviews, we came up with a set of requirements that included a way to easily zoom and pan for inspection of some highly detailed map images.  We also wanted an improved interface that allowed users to page through multi-page documents, view thumbnail images of all pages, and better searching, including searching for text within the documents.  In addition, we aimed to improve consistency in how the various documents are created, stored, and accessed, including more consistency in file structure and metadata elements.  Finally we wanted to shift from using PDF to  XML, which allows better separation of content and presentation as well as improved SEO and search rankings.

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