Maag launches new website geared toward academic success

This is a view of the new YSU Maag Library homepage, which is dedicated to helping students better navigate through resources to increase academic success.The William F. Maag Jr. Library at Youngstown State University is launching a new website designed to provide students, faculty and staff with quicker access to critical information and easy online library searches.

The new site is at http://www.maag.ysu.edu/.

Ana Bobby, interim library director, said the new website provides students with an extensively improved resource for greater academic success and achievement.

The new homepage features a sophisticated tab-formatted search box for books and articles, a new slide show providing current critical information, and an expanded set of navigation tabs for quick and access to key areas. The Research tab directs the user to a new page with a set of links for finding paper and digital sources for research. The Services tab points to a completely re-designed page with links to services organized by students, faculty/staff and guests categories. The Special Collections/Areas tab has links to specialized library units, such as the Multimedia Center and the Curriculum Resource Center.

Every page of the site also features an Ask a Librarian and a Library Webmaster web form so users can have easy online access to a librarian and provide immediate feedback on the site.

The new site is the product of more than 18 months of work by the library’s webpage team, including research on other successful university library sites, input from the entire library staff and considerable usability testing of a beta site by students, faculty and staff.  Electronic Services Librarian Xiaoli “Shelly” Zhu lead the effort and created the site structure using Drupal, the free open source content management platform, also used by the White House and other major institutions worldwide. The Drupal software provides the library staff the ability to edit content in real time and participate in the continuous improvement of the site by uploading content as they create it.