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Libraries Unveil New Website Design

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce a redesign of the Libraries website ( The new design will debut on Monday, August 27th, 2001. This redesign is part of the Libraries ongoing effort to improve access to library resources and services. The goals of the redesign were to make the webpages more concise, more attractive, and more intuitive.

A major new feature is a "How Do I...?" instructional component, where users can learn how to connect to resources from home, find a book, use an index to find articles, and much, much more - right from the top page. This section was designed to anticipate and address commonly asked questions, phrased in the way a user might ask. This feature should enable users to resolve many inquiries promptly and independently, at any time of the day or week.

Another innovation in the redesigned top page is a box with information that changes as users roll their cursors over the various category headings. This information explains what is under each heading and allows users to focus on one section at a time as they search for specific resources.

The new look of the site will be implemented across the website over the next few weeks.

The Libraries, and the Libraries Web Advisory Committee (WAC), welcome user feedback on the redesigned website. Please send all comments to the Libraries webmaster, Sam McDonald, at or WAC chair Rebecca Gardner at .

Posted Auguest 23, 2001