Special Collections & Archives staff started a complete reimagining and rewrite of all their information on the web. The result was a new set of web pages which launched just in time for the start of fall semester new set of web pages which launched just in time for the start of fall semester.
The new landing page uses an image navigation menu that draws the interest of a user and hopefully makes it clear where they can navigate to find out information about the collections, how to do research, visiting information and other areas of the division such as Heritage & University Archives and the Claude Pepper Library. It also allows for the blog to be highlighted with a running feed and puts the hours, often crucial information for the users, front and center.
All the content on the pages has been rewritten to make it clearer, more useful and less overwhelming for users. For example, a page was added to highlight the major collections from Manuscripts, Rare Books, Political Collections and Heritage & University Archives. This is now in sections rather than using one long page of text. This page will update often allowing the area curators to highlight new and exciting collections as they become available.
Other new pages include icon navigation pages for Research and Collections, a revamped Catalogs & Databases page, a better-organized Visit page that gets the users answers quickly for common visiting questions.
The Exhibits & Events page now links to the FSU Calendar so it’s always up to date with current exhibits and upcoming events in the spaces.
Perhaps most exciting for staff are three new forms to help better get the information we need to help our patrons. The new Class Visits and Research Consultations forms will help better organize instruction sessions and research appointments in Special Collections & Archives. The Reproduction Request Form puts online a form used on paper for years. This form especially is often needed by patrons unable to visit the Reading Room. Having this online will help not only staff but our long distance patrons who use it the most.
Work will be done in the future to update and enhance the pages for the Heritage & University Archives and the Claude Pepper Library.
Visit the new landing page at https://www.lib.fsu.edu/specialcollections/index.html