Designing for Digital is a two-day conference packed with intensive, hands-on workshops and informative sessions meant to help educate and expose library and information professionals to colleagues working on user experience, discovery, design and usability projects inside and outside of libraries, drawing expertise from the tech and education communities, as well as from peers.

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Thursday, February 26 • 10:15am - 11:00am
The Great Website Redesign Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope from Idea to Launch

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Like any large structure, the process of building a library website starts long before the first line of code is written: budgets, RFPs, timelines, identifying (and balancing) the needs and preferences of diverse stakeholders, representing complex services and structures -- and all in a design that pleases everyone and complies with brand standards. How do we ensure that overarching concerns like user experience, content strategy and governance, and accessibility don’t simply fall by the wayside as the project progresses? In this session, Courtney Greene McDonald, Head of Discovery & Research Services at Indiana University Libraries, and Rick Cecil, Director of User Experience at Bluespark Labs share five common challenges experienced in library website redesign projects, with tips and insights drawn from their contrasting perspectives from inside and outside the library. Attendees will come away with processes, techniques and methodologies to tackle these common challenges, even before the first wireframe is sketched.


This is part of the Designing for Digital Conference.  Learn more at www.designingfordigital.com.

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Rick Cecil

Director of User Experience, Bluespark Labs
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Courtney Greene McDonald

Head of Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University
Courtney Greene McDonald is Head of the Discovery & Research Services department at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. She has presented and written on a variety of topics, most recently on discovery tools and user experience on mobile services for libraries, including... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am CST
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