On July 1st, the Jean and Alexander Heard Library will launch its progressive new library website. The pioneering redesign takes into account library user feedback while capturing advances in web design to create a robust user-centered experience. This project is the culmination of a huge collective effort, involving staff from across the Heard Library and Vanderbilt University systems.
• Innovative All-Search feature combines all library resources into one set of search results: print and electronic resources along with contact information to a subject specialist in one of our campus libraries.
• Responsive design that provides an optimal viewing experience across a wide array of devices, whether you’re using a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
• Campus libraries are unified with a common look and common core content with consistent navigation to electronic resources as you move from library page to library page.
What has changed?
Our transformative design is leading the way for academic and library websites. We’ve redesigned pages for the main Heard site as well as campus library pages for Central, Divinity, Management, Law, Music, Peabody, Science & Engineering, and Special Collections. The homepage, headers, footers, and navigation have undergone significant revision. This visually and functionally unifies all Heard Library websites and better aligns the library’s web presence with the Vanderbilt web presence.
Has anything remained the same?
Acorn, DiscoverLibrary and additional search interfaces are not part of this redesign, so their functionality remains the same. However, these interfaces will adopt the newly redesigned headers and footers used throughout the site.