Minutes of November 13, 1998 Meeting
- Jeanne Boyle, Rebecca Gardner, Ron Jantz,
Sam McDonald (chair), Mark Witteman (minutes)
- WAC Design Sub-committee's charge
- Timeline for completion of charge
- Design principles (the "look and feel" of the web site)
- Miscellaneous and homework
I. WAC Design Subcommittee's Charge
The group considered a list of tasks facing this group provided by
McDonald. Decided that the groups general charge was to:
- create an overall suggested plan (for WAC) for the development
and rollout process of a new RUL web site
- work to understand the needs and expectations of our user
population and to meet those needs and expectations
- develop policies on look-and-feel...graphics, style, color, layout
- some questions remain as to how "deep" the changes to the pages' look and feel would
go. Would all be changed, or would we have to leave out certain classes of pages for
now. Time constraints may make it difficult to roll out all pages at once.
- select categories and list all sub-categories that come off the
main page and any running links on sub-pages. Know the
interrelations, content and purpose of those categories.
- develop suggested policies on maintenance and further development
of the new site
II. Timeline for Completion of Charge
Agreed also that the projected timeline for the project is:
- Initial Design Decisions (by end of January '99)
- Re-writing of existing web-pages, begin solicitation of new
content, and editing of existing content (by end of March '99)
- Finish coding all of step 2 (by end of April '99)
- Publicize the changes (May '99)
- Test and evaluate the new site with users (May & June '99)
- Make changes as suggested by evaluation (June & July '99)
- Rollout of new site - replace old site (July / pre-Fall Semester)
The group also hoped to create some kind of ongoing evaluation by asking
for comment from student employees, new staff members who are not long-
time library employees, the Library Assesment Committee. Would also want
to read articles and other resources on web design for libraries and
III. Design Principles (The "Look and Feel" of the Web Site)
Agreed on the following design principles:
- RUL web pages will adopt the left bar menu from the Rutgers
- 5 colors...black, white, RUL logo dark blue, light blue for
accent, medium blue for accent
- scrolling: agreed that we would want the homepage to have
little or no scrolling on a 17" 1024 x 768 pixel monitor
with a 12 point browser font. Some scrolling will be
anavoidable on 15" monitor 640 x 480 pixels, but we should
design pages that are still attractive at these settings.
- agree that readability (minimum type size) is important
- agree that short descriptions of sub-resources on homepage
will probably be needed
- acknowledge that all-centered, or all left-justified menus
should be adopted for consistency, with left alignment to be
- agree that design should be adaptable to Lynx
- agree that color should not be a critical part of information
differentiation (in part due to lynx compatability issues).
A brainstorming session followed. McDonald passed out printouts of
six different academic library web pages. The group listed on a
whiteboard the links listed on each libraries' pages. Knowing what
other sites place on their home pages and how they present those
things will aid in our own development.
V. Miscellaneous and Homework
- McDonald has created an online resource page for the Web
Advisory Committee called the "WAC Archive" at
[URL removed]. The WAC archive
will be used to list meeting times WAC and its subcommittees as
well as links to work in progress and useful resources.
- McDonald will also use the WAC archive to post the minutes of
the Web Design subcommittee.
- The next meeting of this group will be held on Monday December 7
- Design Sucommittee members should come to the next meeting with
a list of the links that ought to go on the RUL homepage.
Exact wording of these links will be worked out later.
Prepared by: Mark H. Witteman