NorQuest Library is thrilled to show off its new website http://library.norquest.ca
The library team began a client-centred website redesign project back in January 2014. We started by surveying college staff and students. We asked about the usability of our existing site and asked for input on a wishlist of features. We gathered data about mobile and device use. We even have a good idea why our clients are accessing our website. At the end of the survey, we asked interested students to participate in one of two focus groups. In these sessions we picked our top five websites and asked students to comment on their various features. Did you know anything with too many words on it represents “an essay”! The information gathered from our clients was combined with best practices to build the site we have today. The College’s adoption of Kentico CMS enabled a fully responsive design. The library staff retain full control over website content. The site is fluid and ever changing. It is a constant work in progress. This site is a giant leap forward for NorQuest Library Services and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the web development staff in our Marketing division. Onwards and upwards.
– Posted on behalf of Eve Poirier, Head Librarian, NorQuest Library Services
NorQuest College is getting into the collaborative groove: we circulated 1300 titles to our NEOS patrons in the first 3 months of NEOS membership, and on February 3rd we officially became part of the Edmonton Public Library’s L-Pass program. This enables students to use their NorQuest ID/library cards at all EPL locations. With NEOS and the L-Pass, our students have unprecedented access to libraries in Edmonton and across Alberta.
NorQuest Library established an Information Literacy Strategy and action plan in July 2013. Two significant outcomes are underway; (1) Establish and pilot an integrated (tutorial and library) writing service, (2) Integrate information literacy outcomes into the program review cycle.
We have just completed the first phase of the Library’s website redesign project. Our goal is to have a new library website ready to launch in September 2014. We are analyzing the data from two surveys launched in mid-January (staff and students). The next step is to hold student focus groups. We are asking students to participate with web design staff to develop the site’s architecture and navigation. A final phase of consultation is set for spring when a second group will critique wireframe options. We are hopeful this will result in a user-centred library website.
Moving ahead we too are looking at a patron driven e-book model for 2014/15 and have big plans to work on our Information Literacy curriculum over the spring and summer months.