You may have noticed that the Library website is sporting a new look lately. The change occurred after the Library was directed to join the Academy’s unified web presence. While still a work in progress, the site is focused on our patrons and offers improved accessibility to the Library’s many resources and services. Our new homepage can be found at http://www.usma.edu/library. Don’t forget to update your bookmarks!
To help individualize the user’s experience, the site was divided into three main categories: About, Discover and Services. Some of the pages on the new site should be especially helpful to cadets and faculty who have more specific needs than other USMA patrons. There are also new pages for alumni and visitors to view that will help answer questions about Library access and visiting.
A few changes worth mentioning:
- Our daily hours are now prominently displayed on the homepage (questions about hours of operations are among those most commonly asked).
- The site provides new links to the library news blog and social media sites – don’t forget to “Like Us” on Facebook!
- There are new library skills Research Guides that give instruction on topics such as: Evaluating Sources, Primary Sources, Theses and Dissertations, Statistics and Data, and Citation Management – all essential information for a student’s academic success.
- We have added a “Get Help” tab displayed on the on the far right of each page. Users can select from our different support options by choosing: Right Now (call or visit), Make an Appointment, Viewing a Tutorial, or visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Another change on the horizon will be the addition of a new search tool (called a discovery layer in the world of libraries) that allows patrons to search across all of the library resources in a single search box. This will mean no more searching each database individually! The discovery layer will enable users to search across the breadth of the library collections, including our databases, catalog and digital resources, and will return results in a single list. Watch for more information and our new search tool to arrive in the coming weeks!
The Library is working hard to bring improvements to the website, and there are many new features to explore. The best way to discover them is to visit the website and see for yourself!