“Save the time of the reader” is one of the five laws of library science, and the new robbinslibrary.org does just that, and then some. The new robbinslibrary.org is intuitive, minimal, and mobile friendly.
We strive for excellence in meeting the needs of our users quickly and without fuss, and our site is right in line with this service ethic. Our data shows that most of our site visitors are accessing robbinslibrary.org on their smartphones and tablets. We’re not alone in this trend. In 2015 the Pew Research Center reported “Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.” The new design is more sensitive to mobile users than any of our previous sites.
The most important and frequently visited pages on the website are now easier to find. Need information on using a meeting room? Looking to reserve a museum pass? Those popular services are now on the front page.
You’ll notice three toggle buttons on the left side of the screen that float along with you wherever you go. One is for color contrast, making it easier for those with sight issues to discern page elements. Another allows you to increase the text size with one click. The third displays the site in grey scale. “Skip links” have been added to the site to assist those using screen readers.
Perhaps the most striking aspect is an absence of images and pictures, with the exception of a logo. This choice also supports accessibility and promotes faster load times. And if you want pictures, you’ll find plenty on the Robbins Library blog, the Children’s blog, and of course Twitter and Facebook. We love to post what’s going on at Robbins and Fox, and connect you with all that’s new and important about your library.
Our calendar of events is more visible and easier to find and share on the new site, too. As you move through the site, events are always visible on the right side.
Have fun exploring, and as always, we welcome your comments.
Robbinslibrary.org exists because of generous support from the Friends of Robbins Library, and we thank them for supporting this and many of our advances in technology.