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New features on Health Sciences Library’s homepage

In an effort to continually improve the library’s website, we’ve updated our website’s homepage with the following new features. Let us know what you think!
  1. Top Resources: Now includes new categories to provide more context
  2. Featured Links: Moved to below the slides and now includes new categories to provide more context
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For questions, please contact Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian at 303-724-2178 or vivienne.houghton@ucdenver.edu.
Thank you!
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Library Genie Grants Wish!

In July 2013 the Health Sciences Library asked our users to provide us with three wishes they would request. As a result of 352 submitted wishes we found that many of our users desired additional microwave and refrigerator areas throughout the library. The library genie delivered!

Microwave area located by the private study rooms.

Microwave area located by the private study rooms on the 2nd Floor.

Microwave area located at the north end of the building right next to the elevator on the 3rd floor.

Microwave area located at the north end of the building right next to the elevator on the 3rd floor.

 

There is now a microwave and small refrigerator located on the north end of the library on the 3rd Floor next to the elevator and on the 2nd Floor next to the private study rooms. We’ve noticed a great deal of usage in these two areas and are happy to be able to fulfill such a widespread library wish! Enjoy!

Website feedback and improvements

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We’ve made the following changes and updates in an effort to continually improve the library’s website.

Website updates for Aug-Sept:

  1. E-books: view by subject
  2. Bates Videos page: added a table of contents and improved technical help
  3. Hours: hover to view current week’s hours

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View all website-related feedback and updates

Usability testing 

We’re going to be conducting both live and online usability testing in order to gather feedback from faculty, staff, and students. This feedback will help inform our design decisions. Please contact us if you’d like to participate in our usability testing. Thank you!

[Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

Website feedback and improvements

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We recently launched our website’s fresh new look on August 12, 2013. Since then, we’ve made the following changes in response to feedback and suggestions from students, staff, and faculty.

Feedback from Aug-Sept:

  1. Blackboard added to top right menu
  2. Canvas and Office 365 email added to top right menu
  3. “Renew a book” added under “SERVICES”
  4. Online Tutorials added to Featured Links on homepage
  5. CU Denver links added to the footer
  6. New color scheme patterned after AMC website

View all website-related feedback and updates

Thank you and we look forward to receiving more feedback from our campus community!

[Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

Web updates homepage

OUTAGE, Sept. 28, 6am – 10am, ALL AMC ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

All online Health Sciences Library resources
will be UNAVAILABLE on Sat, Sept 28, 6-10am
Anschutz Campus INTERNET, WIFI and NETWORK
will also be UNAVAILABLE on Sat, Sept 28, 6-10am

Date: Saturday, Sept 28th
Time: 6:00am to 10:00am
Duration: 4 hours
At AMC, all licensed online library resources will be unavailable from on- and off-campus, including the library’s website, EZproxy, and the IMPULSE Catalog.

This is a scheduled outage by the CU Denver Office of Information Technology.
Affected areas: AMC internet access, guest and UC Denver wireless network, and Affiliate networks
Questions: Call the UC Denver OIT Help Desk at (303) 724-HELP (303-724-4357)

Website Update: Fresh, new look for the Health Sciences Library’s Website


Website Update

We launched the fresh, new look of our website on August 12, 2013. Our website’s new look is patterned after the Anschutz Medical Campus website‘s white background with bright accent colors.

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HSL homepage new look

Check out the new features on our homepage!

New features on the homepage

  • Need help? Try out our new Ask Us service!
  • Need to learn how to use EndNote or PubMed? Register for a class today!
  • Need to find out what new cool tools are available? Check out our New Resources and Trials
  • Top Resources: Now featuring the School of Medicine Student Wiki

We want your feedback

We want your feedback!

We invite you to give us feedback on how we can improve your experience on our new website.

WEB updates

This new look is just the beginning. We’ll continually work to improve your website experience. Next steps include iterative changes to the layout and navigation menu. Check out future WEB updates on this wiki where we’ll feature more New Features, Quick Tips and Cool Tools.

Join the Web Working Group!

If you like pointing out what’s wrong with websites and suggesting ways to improve them, join the library’s Web Working Group! We have monthly one-hour meetings that focus on improving the website. Contact Vivienne Houghton to find out more about joining the Web Working Group.

Usability testing

We plan to conduct both live and online usability testing in order to gather feedback from faculty, staff, and students. This feedback will inform our design decisions. Contact us to let us know if you’d like to participate in our usability studies.

[Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

Preview of new Health Sciences Library’s website

Coming soon in mid-August…a fresh new look for the Health Sciences Library website!

Being part of the Anschutz Medical Campus, our website’s new look will be patterned after the new Anschutz Medical Campus website‘s white background with bright accent colors.

New look for Health Sciences Library website coming mid-August 2013

1. Preview of the new look for the Health Sciences Library’s website

Iterative testing

This new look is just the beginning. We’ll continually work to improve your website experience. Next steps include iterative changes to the layout and navigation menu.

Wanted: People who love to critique websites

If you like pointing out what’s wrong with websites and suggesting ways to improve them, join the library’s Web Working Group! We have monthly one-hour meetings that focus on improving the website. Contact Vivienne Houghton to find out more about joining the Web Working Group.

Usability testing

We also plan to conduct both live and online usability testing in order to gather feedback from faculty, staff, and students. This feedback will inform our design decisions. Stay tuned for more details!

[Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

Health Sciences Library website: new databases page

2. Preview of new Databases page with large alphabetical tiles and subject list

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3. Preview of new Hours page listing hours for all library departments and exceptions to regular hours till the end of 2013

 

Preview of new page for ASAC Collection of textbooks and videos

4. Preview of new page for ASAC Collection of textbooks and videos

 

 

 

Can you go mouseless for an hour?

Logo of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Why go mouseless? Blind users do not use the mouse. As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), two members of the Health Sciences IT Department, Cathalina Fontenelle and Vivienne Houghton, briefly attempted to go mouseless in order to get some understanding of the difficulty in navigating a computer with just a keyboard.

The purpose of GAAD is “to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.” Besides going mouseless for an hour, you could participate by:

  • Surfing the Web with a screen reader for an hour
  • Captioning a video
  • Publishing a blog post about GAAD and your organization’s commitment to digital accessibility

The bad news is, we failed miserably at using the computer without the mouse — we didn’t make it past 15 minutes. The good news is, participating in GAAD made us even more motivated to make the Health Sciences Library website more inclusive of all users of varying abilities. Our goal is to improve accessibility to the HSL site according to the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by GAAD 2014.

What can you do today?

  • For an hour, take the challenge and unplug your mouse, launch your screen reader, and surf your favorite sites strictly using the keyboard (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar). Leave a comment and let us know how you did!
  • For an extreme challenge, you could even try turning off your screen and depending solely on the verbal information conveyed to you via screen reader.
  • Know anyone in web design or development? Help us spread the word and have them check out Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

CU Resources

Office of Disability Resources and Services

Assistive Technology Partners

Breaking Barriers, Changing Lives

CU Assistive Technology Partners

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“We not only believe in what we’re doing, we know through our research and our work here that technology makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and that fuels our energy that’s what gets us out of the bed in the morning and that’s what keeps us pressing even when the funds aren’t there or even when it seems like it’s an insurmountable problem. We’re determined to make it work here.”  — Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Section Head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, and Executive Director, Assistive Technology Partners

[Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

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