Webinar Replay: Unique Library Website Elements to Engage Students

Technology | November 28, 2018

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Stacks and Stephanie Kaceli from Masland Library in Langhorne, PA, weigh in on unique library website elements to help engage and assist college students with research assignments.

You want repeat usage of your library. Students want a seamless way to access your library. These needs are simple in theory, but it takes a significant amount of work to make this happen. Or does it? For most students, their research starts on your college library’s website. How your library website functions, what is displayed and how it is displayed are core library website elements that can make or break a student’s research process. Below we dive into some of unique library website elements that are covered in our latest webinar with Stacks and Stephanie Kaceli from Masland Library.

Unique Search Configurations

Looking at the way students search is going to help engage them. A single-search box on your library website is a great place to begin, but providing unique ways to satisfy all the different search styles of your students is where your library website can really start to shine.

A discovery platform allows users to search all your library’s content, and integrating your library catalog your library website extends the value of the library and delivers key functionality that your users expect – right into the website.

Bento search is a unique way to classify content, media and other items like research guides into a set of limited results. This unique element allows students to quickly access materials while still allowing them to dive deeper into results lists if they choose. Having a fully integrated bento search that pulls in your discovery, catalog and website with the “cherry on top of cohesive branding” creates a unique search experience that you can tailor to meet end-user needs.

How your library website functions, what is displayed and how it is displayed are core library website elements that can make or break a student’s research process.

Mobile Apps

Mobile responsive design is a standard for today, but mobile apps are not always considered a necessity for your library. This is something you may want to reconsider, especially if your library website platform allows you to make changes to the library website and the native mobile app simultaneously. There are a lot of studies that show Generation Z’s top device is a smartphone and with smartphones includes a world of apps. College students use apps almost daily – from social media, to shopping and even paying bills. Presenting your library website through a native mobile app is a unique element that can keep you top of mind when it comes to research, no matter the time of day. With the right mobile app, students can even search directly in the App Store for your library app and have a cohesive experience as they switch from app to library website. 

Watch the video below to learn more about unique library website elements to hook students and hear one library’s journey in implementing a new library website and what elements they have discovered are their “hooks”.

Unique Elements to Hook Students: Small Changes for Big Usage WEBINAR from EBSCO on Vimeo.

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