Orientation to the New Library Website – March 2018

Orientation to the New Library Website – March 2018

August 13, 2019 0 By Bernardo Ryan


Welcome to our new website! We’ve designed it to be more intuitive and
easier to find what you need, but as with any new site, you may need some help getting
used to the new navigation. Let’s start on the home page. Right at the top, we have a search bar. The default search is Search USA, so you can
type in your keywords, click Search and a new tab will open up with your results in
Search USA. Other options for that top search bar are
the Library Catalog and searching this new library site’s content. Also on the homepage, we have a dynamic slider
set up with our current announcements. Each slide is clickable to take you to more
information. Underneath the slider is a Helpful Links section. This provides you with a link to the Library
Catalog, as well as back to other non-library resources like the MyUSA student portal, the
Writing Center, and Blackboard. Next is our Ask a Librarian, or library chat
service. When this box is available, you can just type
in your message to chat live with a USA library staff member. Here we have a list of the library’s upcoming
events, usually webinars. And to the right of that, we have shortcuts
to some interesting library content you might not know about, including our citation management
guide, our library tutorial videos, and a guide about tech tools students may find useful. Next, is a tabbed view of each campus. Click on your campus to see typical library
hours and a contact phone number. Of course, anyone can always email [email protected]
for library assistance. At the very bottom of each page, you’ll
find links to the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the library’s
email address again. Our main menu will appear below the search
bar on every page of the site. The Resources menu points you toward the library’s
online resources, like databases, eBooks, videos, and more. Let’s look at the database page. It has shortcuts to featured databases along
the top. Just click on the logo to go right to that
database. Alternately, you can click on a topic to see
the databases for that subject. These include descriptions and sometimes videos
for the databases listed. You can search for a specific database here.
and you can even change the way the databases are listed by switching to Title here. I also want to specifically call out the eBooks
page. At the top is a menu of all our eBook collections
or platforms available through the library. You can select one to explore, but note that
each has unique content so an eBook may appear in one collection but not another. The videos at the bottom of the page can help
you learn how to search all eBooks simultaneously through Search USA. We also have a resource flow of the USA required
textbooks that are available as eBooks through the library. Just click on the cover to go to that eBook. Note that Library copies of required textbooks
are a back-up only and not a substitute for purchasing textbooks. The Videos and Interactive Tools page calls
attention to all the video collections available through the library, including our collection
of course-related videos produced here at USA. This page is also where you can connect to
the Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas software, either the browser or the app version. The next menu item is Services. This includes another point of access for
our Ask a Librarian or library chat service, as well as information on other services the
library provides, sometimes for specific groups of users like Alumni and faculty and staff. The Interlibrary loan link takes you to information
about the library’s interlibrary loan service, as well as a form that you can fill out to
ask for a journal article, book chapter or other resource that is not held in our library’s
collection. This online form does not replace the form
you can access through Search USA, it is simply a new, additional option for requesting. The next menu item is Guides. Here you can find a collection of guides from
our librarians on a number of different topics. Some are intended for a specific course, like
anatomy, and some are how-to guides. If you want to see the full list of guides,
choose A to Z. Webinars highlights the library’s upcoming
webinars or other library-sponsored events. You can click on Upcoming to see what’s
on the schedule and register ahead of time. If you missed a webinar, you can click on
Archive to watch recordings of past webinars. The next menu item is Renew Online. The Renew Online link takes you to the Library
Catalog where you can renew library materials you have checked out from your campus library. Finally, About Us includes a staff directory,
links to the official library policies, and other information. The Staff Directory is a full listing of all
the librarians and circulation managers here to help you. It is listed alphabetically, but you can use
the filter on the left side here to narrow by location to see only your library staff. So that’s the new library website in a nutshell! If you have further questions, please email
[email protected]