University Libraries to launch new website May 30 – @UofSC



University Libraries will launch its new website May 30 with a clean look and feel,
clear navigation, improved search functions and easy-to-find information about services
for students, faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff should be aware that links to current libraries website content
and resources will change May 30. Therefore, previous links to libraries pages in
Blackboard and in teaching materials, presentations and handouts will no longer take
users to expected content.

As a result, faculty will need to locate their resources within the new website, and
link to them accordingly. Any teaching materials faculty members distribute that explain
how to navigate to resources within libraries websites also should be updated.

Clicking on “old” website links on or after May 30 will take users to the new libraries
homepage, which will be located at sc.edu/libraries.

Highlights of the new libraries website include: 

  • a top-level search tool that makes locating resources in a variety of formats easy;
  • a centralized location for all services offered through the libraries, from information
    about borrowing to workshops and instruction services;
  • a consolidated page of research support services, from live chat to one-on-one research
    consultations for students to subject guides developed by our librarians;
  • single-point access to special collections; and
  • organized information about new collections, talks, events and exhibits.

Library staff, in conjunction with the university’s digital communications team, have
dedicated the past year to collecting and analyzing library website data and analytics.
Those findings were coupled with best practices in academic library website design
to inform decisions about content, structure and design of the new website. This ensures
a high-quality research tool that provides quick and easy access to books, journals,
databases, collections and a wealth of library services.

Faculty and students who have questions or need help should contact their liaison
at University Libraries. 


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