The MSU Libraries' website will look a little different the next time you visit! And the parts you don't see - the underlying code - have undergone a huge overhaul, as the library moves from using web design software to a content management system.
The library's website is a critical aspect of our public services, visited about 8000 times a day by faculty, staff, and students. It provides access to 1.8 million e-books, 87,000 journals, and thousands of multimedia resources, and every day takes in hundreds of virtual reference questions, interlibrary loan requests, class and lab reservations, student employment applications, and requests for copyright assistance. Not to mention hosting the event calendar, various blogs and wikis, and 750 research guides!
Planning for this major transition started more than two years ago, reports Kelly Sattler, who leads the Web Services team. The new system has been tested thoroughly to ensure the change is smooth and uneventful for our users.
Read more about the Web Services team in the October 2012 issue (p. 14) of Insight, the library newsletter.