Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites
Instructor: Susan Teague Rector
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Website navigation is a key design device to help users search and browse library websites and information systems. The design of Website navigation can be simple or complex, flat or deep. In all cases, website navigation should take into account information architecture (IA) best practices, common user tasks in the library domain, user research, analytics and information seeking models.
In this four week course, you will gain insight into the art & science of IA, the discipline of labeling and organizing online information for optimal usability and findability. This course will introduce you to basic types of navigation, as well as classification schemes for organizing information. You will learn about best practices for labeling navigation, search engine optimization (SEO) and usability. Finally, you will gain hands-on experience developing a navigation scheme for a library website.
Susan Teague Rector holds a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of NC-Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of experience in Web technologies, with 6 years in academic libraries. In her current role at University of Colorado, Susan specializes in information architecture (IA) and UX design for University Web Services. Previously Susan led the IA, design and implementation of a new website for NCSU Libraries in 2010; and led IA, design and usability testing as Web Applications Manager at VCU Libraries. She has presented nationally on Web topics, as well as published in the Journal of Web Librarianship and CRLN. Interview with Susan Teague Rector
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.