Will they goggle if we look like Google? Exploring a new paradigm for the USQ Library Home Page

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Lowe, Deidre and Hunter, Alison. 2003. "Will they goggle if we look like Google? Exploring a new paradigm for the USQ Library Home Page." Educause in Australia 2003 Conference. Adelaide, Australia 06 - 09 May 2003 Proceedings EDUCAUSE IN AUSTRALASIA 2003 : Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges.
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Will they goggle if we look like Google? Exploring a new paradigm for the USQ Library Home Page

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsLowe, Deidre (Author) and Hunter, Alison (Author)
Number of Pages11
Year2003
Place of PublicationProceedings EDUCAUSE IN AUSTRALASIA 2003 : Expanding the Learning Community - Meeting the Challenges
Conference/EventEducause in Australia 2003 Conference
Event Details
Educause in Australia 2003 Conference
Event Date
06 to end of 09 May 2003
Event Location
Adelaide, Australia
Abstract

A redesign of the USQ Library Web site was triggered by an overall University Web site restructure and introduction of a content management system. Focus groups held at the start of the project clearly indicated that the catalogue search was the number one reason users visited the Library web site. Online databases came in a close second. This feedback provided the essential user focus for reconsidering the purpose of a library 'home page'. Could we use the Web catalogue interface as the home page, rather than linking to the catalogue from a more traditional home page? Is it possible to provide a streamlined and simplified search experience like Google for users, and still introduce them to the wealth of other resources that the library invests in to assist users with their studies? This paper explores the paradigm shift at USQ from static home page to interactive home page.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461006. Library studies
Byline AffiliationsLibrary Services
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