Objectives: This presentation aims to provide an overview of the current trends observed among health sciences libraries' websites, identify areas for improvement, and suggest ideas for building effective, search-optimized, and user-focused web sites based on best practices in web development.
Methods: The author examined a sample of academic health sciences libraries' websites for common patterns, from the front end's user interface to the back end's site architecture . The author then identified potential areas for improvement (such as responsive design, performance, and accessibility). In addition, the author also researched best practices from the web development industry and curated those that would be relevant for library implementation.
Conclusion: For most libraries, the library's website is the primary portal through which patrons access electronic resources. Thus, it is increasingly important to ensure the design of the website is up-to-date with most common web standards, such as being responsive, accessible, and search-optimized.
Keywords: website, web design, user experience, responsive design
Education and Instruction Librarian
Client Relationship Management
Nha Huynh is an Education and Instruction Librarian at The Texas Medical Center Library. She works with faculty members from various TMC institutions to create tailored curriculum integrated classes for students. She received her Master in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she is a freelance front-end web developer.
Monday, May 29
11:35 AM – 11:40 AM
Monday, May 29
5:25 PM – 5:45 PM
Tuesday, May 30
3:05 PM – 3:20 PM
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