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Changes in Store for Library Web Site

Steering group seeks feedback from community  during redesign process

The Dartmouth Library has begun a redesign of its Web site. Much has changed since the current site was developed in 2002, including technology and how users navigate digital information, resources, and services. 

The Library;s Web Steering Group
The Library's Web Steering Group, left to right: Susan Fliss, director of education and outreach, Bill Garrity, director of biomedical libraries, Joshua Shaw, special collections technology coordinator, and Mary LaMarca, digital library services. Not pictured is Fran Oscadal, reference bibliographer, history and general social sciences. (photo by Sarah Benelli)

"With the accelerating advances in Web technology, the continued shift to digital library resources and services, and Dartmouth's extensive information technology infrastructure, this is an exciting and appropriate time to undertake a comprehensive redesign of the College Library Web site," says Bill Garrity, director of biomedical libraries and chair of the library's Web Steering Group.

The library is currently conducting a needs assessment of faculty and students, and staff of other College units that also work closely with faculty and students, to answer questions such as: What is the most important thing for a library web site to do? What information and services are high priority to get to quickly (within one click from the top page)? What are low priorities? What is your favorite site (library or otherwise) to support your work and why?

The library will use the information gathered through the assessment to design a site that best meets the needs of faculty and students.

For about the redesign or request to participate in this or subsequent rounds of needs assessment and usability testing, e-mail or, or call 650-1662. Additional library contacts are listed at Web Steering Group's website.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08