Coming Soon: Updated Look for the Strauss Library’s Website

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UPDATE 12/17/2019: The Strauss Health Sciences Library website (https://library.cuanschutz.edu/) will undergo maintenance and redesign on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 starting at 2:00pm MST.
The site URL is expected to be unavailable for approximately 2 – 3 hours and should be available again by 5:00 pm MST.

During the outage, access to online resources will not be affected. Useful links during the library website outage:

Please email library.web@ucdenver.edu with any questions about the outage or other specific resources.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause!

In an effort to continually improve the library’s website and the user experience, the library will launch an updated look on January 2, 2020.

Our website’s new look is based off of user data, user feedback, and surveys the web development team has been gathering for the last 6 months.

Some of the new changes you will notice are:

  • The library search box will be located prominently on the homepage.
  • PubMed will be the first tab available in the library search box.
  • The homepage will be significantly cutback to try to provide a more succinct user experience.
  • The menu will be sized down substantially to try to provide easier pathways to resources in the website.
  • Top Resources will be refined to include the top used resources as well as library services and resources.

We are excited to launch this new design for your use and hope that it will help make navigating the library website easier.

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New URL for Search HSL

Search HSL logoThe Search HSL discovery system URL has changed from
https://primo.hsl.ucdenver.edu 

to
https://library-cuanschutz.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/ 

Search HSL serves as the library’s catalog as well as discovery system, providing one-stop searching for journal articles, books and e-books, videos, anatomical models and more. It is also the linking system (aka OpenURL resolver) for CU Anschutz users who may be using citation databases (like Pubmed) to get to the full text of journal articles from publishers such as ScienceDirect and NEJM.

Links on the library home page to Search HSL  have already been changed, but if you have bookmarks or third party applications that may be using the old URL, be sure to get it changed. The old URL will still work for a short period of time however, starting Saturday Jan. 10 it may begin to be more difficult to use due to an expiring SSL certificate.

Library Website Outage, Fri. 12/15/17, 10:00 pm

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) website will undergo maintenance this Friday, Dec. 15, starting at 10 pm.

The HSL site URL may appear unavailable for approximately 1-2 hours (on campus) or 4-6 hours (off campus).

During the outage, access to online resources will not be affected, as long as you have valid URLs for direct resource access. Bookmark this page for a quick access list.

Ask Us reference service
Search HSL (catalog and journal list)
Pubmed
Access Pharmacy
CINAHL
Clinical Key
Cochrane Library
Dynamed
Ovid Medline
Up to Date

Email library.web@ucdenver.edu with questions about any other specific resources you may need in the Friday late night timeframe.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Features for Search@HSL

The HSL online catalog, Search@HSL, has two new features.

The first new feature is the addition of the BrowZine button to the navigation menu.  You can access the additional options in the navigation menu by clicking on the ellipses […]:

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The BrowZine option is now added for easy use:

Browzine

If you click on the link, you will be redirected to the BrowZine main webpage that includes the content available from HSL:

Browzine Webpage

BrowZine is a content aggregator that allows patrons to browse the periodical collection. Users can browse the collection by subject, view the contents of journals, connect to the full text if available, export the citation information, create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals if you create an account, and share content through social media.  BrowZine also offers an app version, where you can select the HSL library and login with your credentials to use BrowZine on your devices.

Browzine on iTunes

 

The second new feature to Search@HSL is the option ‘Fetch Item’ in the navigation menu has been changed to ‘Citation Linker’.

Search@HSL Citation Linker

This option in Search@HSL allows users to find citations for articles, books, and journals.

Citation Linker

Users can search for the item and Search@HSL will find the item in the catalog.  To get the citation, click on the ‘Citation’ icon under the ‘Send to’ menu of the record, and select the citation type you need.  The options are APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, and MLA.  Copy the citation and insert into a document.

Citation example

What are your 3 library wishes?

Library Wishes Genie LampIf the Library Genie granted you three library wishes, what would they be?  Now you have the opportunity to let us know!

Submit your three wishes to the library genie today!  Your wishes will be anonymous, but if you’d be willing to talk more with us about your wishes you can include your name and e-mail address.

  • Are there resources or services you’d like to see the library offer?
  • Has the library implemented enhancements that you’d like to see more of?
  • How could the library better assist you with your research, education or clinical needs?

Health Sciences Library: Web Satisfaction Survey Results

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Web Satisfaction Survey Results

Thank you to our users for responding so enthusiastically to our survey! We surveyed users from November 11-20, 2015 and were thrilled to receive a total of 227 responses!

Q1. How happy are you with the library’s website?

  • 226 responded to Q1.
  • 78% reported being either happy or very happy with the library’s website.

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Q2: How can we improve your website experience?

  • 93  wrote responses to open-ended Q2.
  • 32% of written responses noted that there was no need for improvements to the website.

Respondents suggested many improvements to the website design, navigation, search, and access. The suggestions provide many excellent opportunities for the library to continue to improve our users’ web experience. We also received many suggestions that were not related to the website. These are just a few of the many comments we received:

  • you are doing great. I use pubmed from google scholar all the time and when it stopped working got excellent help from your staff. THANKS
  • I think that you are always improving the website and keeping up with the recent developments and discoveries.Tobin Magle is amazing. Well done all! Just an  suggestion, can the library also provide access to common analysis software ? Since some bioinformatics, ensembl and NCBI classes are offered it seems to me that having access to softwares through the library will boost the use of the website/library and provide a huge service to students, staff and faculty who do not know from where to obtain these.
  • Have mini-workshops available online on how to search websites for information more efficiently
  • The biggest challenge I have is getting back to the main library screen from FindIT. If I go there at all, I pretty much have to go back to my bookmark (and log back in) to get to other library resources. I am a remote user (student). The other suggestion is more options for learning to use tools such as Endnote for those of us who can’t be on-campus! 
  • Oftentimes I feel very lost when trying to figure out if I have access to a journal, where I go to click and how I find relevant information to what I’m looking for.
  • you do a fantastic job with on-line services and responses to questions. 
  • I love having access to online articles! The more that are available the happier I will be.
  • More clarity on first page. Appreciate greater recent access made to research resource.
  • Simplify. Home page is very busy. 
  • All the links I need are right on the front page. Very easy to access! 

And LOTS more! Read the full report with all user feedback: HSL-Website-Satisfaction-Survey-Results-Nov2015

Thank you to the Web Working Group, and especially Cathalina Fontenelle, for their dedication to improving our website!

Questions, please contact Vivienne Houghton, MLIS, Web Services Librarian, at 303-724-2178 or vivienne.houghton@ucdenver.edu

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Library website adopts CU Anschutz color palette

The Health Sciences Library’s website has a new look! We’ve adopted the new color palette of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus website. In incorporating these new colors, we aim to:

  • Create a more fluid user experience
  • Help promote a more consistent look and feel across university websites
  • Support CU’s larger marketing and branding initiatives

We look forward to your comments on our new look!

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For questions, please contact:
Vivienne Houghton, MLIS
Web Services Librarian
303-724-2178
vivienne.houghton@ucdenver.edu

Thank you!

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Library’s new “mega” menu

In an effort to continually improve the library’s website, we’re rolling out a a new larger and more comprehensive “mega-menu” on Monday, December 8th.

Let us know what you think!

Mega-menu

The choices behind the new menu were based on:

  1. Data from two card sort exercises conducted by the library’s Web Working Group: Participants included 14 library staff and 16 students, staff and faculty from CU Anschutz (read the full report: CardSortReport-CombinedStaffUser-2014May)
  2. Online usability testing from November 4 to December 3, 2014

For questions, please contact:
Vivienne Houghton
Web Services Librarian
303-724-2178
vivienne.houghton@ucdenver.edu

Thank you!

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Testing new menu on library’s website – Give us your feedback

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In an effort to continually improve the library’s website, we’re testing a new larger and more comprehensive “mega-menu”.

Let us know what you think!

The choices behind the new menu were based on data from two card sort exercises conducted by the library’s Web Working Group. Participants included 14 library staff and 16 students, staff and faculty from the Anschutz Medical Campus community (read the full report: CardSortReport-CombinedStaffUser-2014May).

For questions, please contact:
Vivienne Houghton
Web Services Librarian
303-724-2178
vivienne.houghton@ucdenver.edu

Thank you!

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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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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]