We are very excited to announce the launch of the new Bentley Library website!
The time has certainly come for our 4 year-old site to be overhauled, and a great team of people from the Academic Technology Center (ATC) and the library have spent the past year conducting usability studies, holding focus groups and gathering user feedback about the library’s website. This team wanted to know what our users liked (online study room reservations!) and what didn’t they like (why is that news thingamajig sliding across my screen?), as well as what they expected or hoped to find on our home page (I wish there was a search box that searches everything, like Google). This feedback guided the architecture, design and content of our new site.
Key changes and features:
- A cleaner home page design that puts the focus on our most important and popular resources and services.
- A top navigation bar that travels with you from page to page.
- A single, simple search box prominently displayed on our home page allows users to find books and articles from the library’s catalog and a few key library databases, such as ProQuest and EBSCO (but not all databases). This new search is powered by a “discovery service” called Encore. Use Encore to search multiple resources with one search interface and to filter results with multiple facets.
- A Google Scholar search box.
Post-launch we may make minor tweaks and implement enhancements.
We have great confidence in our new site, but if you encounter any problems, have questions about how to use the site, or would like to send us general feedback, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 781.891.2300, on Facebook or via Twitter. We hope you’ll be as excited about our new website as we are!