Notes from Computers in Libraries 2013 Workshop
75% Incoming students don’t know how to find research articles and resources
100% of the websites we looked at had at least one major usability issue
7 Deadliest Sins of Library Websites
- Does Not Comply with Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all Web content be equally accessible to people with disabilities.
- Uses Unexplained Jargon: Avoid unexplained library jargon that typical users will not understand.
- Does Not Format Common Items Consistently: Ensure that the format of common items is consistent from one page to another.
- Does Not Maintain Visual Consistency: Elements such as colors, fonts, and content location should be consistent across pages.
- Does Not Organize Information Clearly: Organize information at each level of the Web site so that it shows a clear and logical structure to typical users.
- Does Not Establish Level of Importance: The page layout should help users find and use the most important information.
- Contains Cluttered Displays: On an uncluttered display, all important search targets are clearly visible.
Solution: Take advantage of professional development opportunities to learn more about technology in libraries.