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First phase of launch is complete

On Friday, July 17 we officially launched the new library website. You will notice a totally-redesigned home page that is mobile-friendly and includes an expanded "one search" feature. The new website's subpages are hosted on the Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS).

Full launch in August

On Friday, August 14 we will begin redirecting most pages of the current website to the new website. Until then the two sites will operate in parallel.

Library beta site open house April 6, 2015 notes

There was a good turnout at the open house, and some great feedback. The Library web redesign team provided an update on these recent activities:

Library website redesign presentation materials from March 10 open house

Hello everyone,

‎Thanks to all of you who came to yesterday's session and offered comments on our redesign. 

Many thanks too to Annie Bélanger for providing such an informative update, which included a report from Helena Calogeridis on the results of recent usability testing.

Library website redesign: usability testing and other updates

Thanks to all those who attended yesterday’s Web Redesign Update!

Web redesign update: January 7, 2015

Happy 2015!

This week, the Web Redesign Team has been working on a few items, and met yesterday and today to review, discuss and decision.

Library beta site open house December 18 summary

Hello everyone,

Thanks to those of you who attended last Thursday’s session. For those unable to come, here’s a brief overview.

Web redesign update

The team working on the Website Redesign and Migration has been busy the last two weeks.  Here are the major areas of activity we have been working on.

Website wish list: feedback and ideas from library staff

The Library WCMS team is holding monthly open house meetings for library staff as a way of sharing project news/developments and getting feedback.

The first open house was in March and library staff had some great ideas for what they want to see in the Library's new website:

Getting started with personas in the Library

What is a persona?

Personas are fictitious users developed using information gathered through user research. They provide a practical approach to understanding the needs of key target audience and keeping user perspectives in mind throughout the web development lifecycle.  Personas typically include the following items:

  • Name
  • Demographics
  • Goals / Needs
  • Abilities / Devices

Why are personas and user profiles important?

Keep up with the Library's website redesign

Welcome to the Library's website redesign news blog. Moving forward, this is your primary source for the latest news on the redesign project – including new site launches, plans for the main site, and opportunities to get involved and provide feedback.