Talking About A New Website: a series of DUX Brown Bag Conversations

Image of brown lunch bagYou asked, we listened: DUX is excited to announce that we will soon have a brand new Library website.  Next to the catalog, the website is probably our most used staff tool – not to mention its public-facing functions: providing access to our collections and resources, informing users about our services, and generally assisting us in supporting research and teaching needs of our campus.

With a project this large and complex, there are lots of questions. So, in order to help us better inform you about the upcoming conversion of the Libraries’ website to a shiny new Drupal environment, and to ensure that all library staff have plenty of chances to ask us questions, DUX will be hosting a series of brown-bag conversations. These will take place from noon-1 pm on the last Thursday of each month in Wells 043, and all IUB Libraries staff (including hourly) and librarians are welcome to attend. Please join us – we promise to make it fun as well as informative. There might even be treats and prizes involved! Bring your lunch, your questions, and your colleagues.

Dates and topics are as follows:

March 28: Timeline
What’s the plan? When is this all happening? What do we need to do? We will address these kinds of nuts and bolts questions to help everyone get comfortable with the project timeline.

April 25: Training
How will the new site work? What support is there for migrating and updating pages? Who’s going to do it all? …

May 30: Transition
At some point we have to flip the big switch in the sky and go from the old site to the new site. We’ll talk about that and about all the details that go along with it – what about all those bookmarks? …

June 20*: Trends and Testing Postponed
We’ll have something new to show off and we’ll all be curious how people are taking to it right away. We’ll present information about initial user reactions we’ve collected and outline a plan for ongoing user testing for the new site.

*Note: a week early this month due to ALA

July 25: Teaching Postponed
So we have this new website! How are we going to help our students and faculty understand the best ways to use it for their research needs? We’ll talk about using the site in “traditional” library instruction and at the reference desk, as well as other ways to communicate with our constituents about the new site.

August 22*: Tips and Tricks
The summer’s over, so here they come. This session will focus on gearing up for the new semester with a new site.

*Note: a week early this month due to classes beginning

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brown bag photo credit: axmai on flickr

Author- Anne Haines

Web Content Specialist in the Discovery & User Experience Department, IU Libraries. I've spoken at events including edUi, Confab Central, Confab Higher Ed, IOLUG, ILF, the IU Libraries' Digital Library Brown Bag series, and the Libraries' In-House Institute. You can find me hanging out at the intersection of content strategy and librarianship, singing a doo-wop song under the streetlight. Follow me on Twitter: @annehaines