What do you think of the current LIBER website? How could we improve it? Answers to those questions and more were recently gathered through our website survey.
We launched the survey as a way of gathering opinions from the LIBER community ahead of a planned website redesign for 2014. Library directors, researchers and policy makers kindly took the time to answer our questions. From their responses, we drew three key conclusions.
1. The website should be more interactive and content should be more selective.
People praised the LIBER website for being regularly updated but noted that the volume of material made it difficult to find the content they needed. In particular, the front page of the website was overwhelming for many users:
“There is a lot on the home page. I am familiar with the site but for a newcomer it might be difficult to navigate.”
“A good choice of information would be more helpful than a lot of it.”
Many people also noted that the website could be more interactive.
“It doesn’t invite participation in discussions via the web site or the blog. Communication is largely one-way.”
2. Conference information needs to be more prominent.
Around a quarter of people said they visited the website in order to find information related to past and future LIBER Annual Conferences (this year’s event is in Riga, Latvia). You noted, however, that this information was sometimes challenging to locate. We’ll look for ways to improve this in the coming year.
3. Navigation needs to be improved.
The survey also revealed that we need to make the website easier to navigate, with clearer menu choices. There was, for example, confusion about the difference between the ‘blog’ and ‘news’ sections.
“Sometimes I haven’t found some exact piece of information at all or in the desired way, but had to search and search. The information structure doesn’t follow my logic.”
We’ll be working on all of these points in 2014 and hope that by the end of the year the LIBER website will be a more intuitive, dynamic and interactive website for our community. In the meantime, if you have further feedback please feel free to email Friedel Grant, LIBER’s Communications Officer, with your thoughts.