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Winter 12-10-2010


Since today’s students are digital natives, they naturally expect more from an academic library website. Well-designed websites, virtual games, social networking as well as search engines are an integral part of their daily digital lives. Consequently, challenges faced during redesign of a library’s website are two-fold:

  • Concepts of web usability must be applied. The website needs to be well organized and present its information and content in a user-friendly manner.
  • The website needs to be visually appealing since it serves both as the virtual extension of the physical library, as well as a significant outreach tool promoting the Library’s and overall College’s reputation.

This poster describes the process of redesigning Leonard Lief Library’s website within a six-month timeframe. The following six steps are included:

  • Evaluation
  • Collaboration
  • Wireframe design
  • User Interface Design
  • Website Launch and marketing
  • Future Plans


This work was originally presented at the ACRL-NY Annual Symposium 2010: Innovation by Design: Re-visioning the Library.



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