UK Libraries launch new website

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky (August 25, 2022) — University of Kentucky Libraries (UK Libraries) has launched a new design for its website: https://libraries.uky.edu/. The site was developed in response to feedback from library users obtained during previous LibQual surveys and driven by user research conducted by partners at New city.

“At 21st century, a library’s website serves as an additional branch, providing access to collections, services and expertise,” said Dean of UK Libraries Doug Way. “This new site will facilitate the work of students, professors, researchers and our community, by advancing their research and studies. I am grateful to the Libraries team who spent over a year bringing this new site to fruition.”

One of the main priorities of the project was to improve navigation through a clean and consistent design, making it easier for users to discover the resources, services and programs that UK libraries provide in support of research, teaching and service missions of the university. In addition to improved navigation menus, other features of the new design include:

Guided search function

The new site offers a redesigned guided search function. From the home page, a single click will take users directly to InfoKat Discovery, where they can search the library catalog. They can also jump directly to the Database AZ list, Index of journals and ExploreUK from the home page.

“Bento Box” type site search function

The search icon in the top right corner of every page will allow users to search the UK Libraries website and many of its tools from one location. Perform a keyword search and access results from the library’s website, InfoKat, databases, journals or the vast collection of Research Guides.

Research Tips

Tips for stalking materials of all types and formats have been included to improve the user experience.

Collection Highlights

It is now easier to discover the collections and materials by subjectallowing users to more quickly find a wide range of resources for their domain as well as connect with their specialist librarian. Users can also explore the rare and unique materials that distinguish British libraries in the library. Kentucky and Appalachian Collections.

Convenient access to services

New site features spaces, equipment and software; research and scholarship; and educational support resources and services all conveniently grouped together and accessible via the main navigation bar.

Detailed location pages

Improved location pages enable users to find spaces, tools, resources and services in campus libraries. Find frequently used location-based services and dive into collections, databases and subject-based research guides at every secondary library.

Streamlined room reservation process

A “Room reservationson the main navigation bar takes users directly to bookable locations and an availability calendar.

With the launch of the new website, libraries in the UK have migrated to a new content management system (CMS) Drupal, which will make it easier to deliver high performance features and functions to users in the future. Although the main URL has been retained, this redesign is a complete rewrite and reorganization of content on the UK Libraries website and will affect links to pages that individuals may have bookmarked or linked to in research files personnel or teaching materials.

For questions about the new UK Libraries website, please contact webadmin@l.uky.edu. For research assistance or additional assistance using library resources and services, contact your librarian.

As the Commonwealth’s premier research library, UK Libraries enable lifelong learners to discover, create and connect by providing ever-wider access to quality information and collaborating with academic communities and creative organizations from all over the world to advance knowledge, improve knowledge and preserve the history and culture of the Republic. More information about UK Libraries can be found on its website at https://libraries.uky.edu/.

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