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Welding a Website that (Might) Work: An Analysis of a Data Website Redesign at a Small Liberal Arts College

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Rachael Barlow
Raether Library, Trinity College, Hartford

Data websites at small schools aim to serve a variety of constituencies: undergraduates and graduate students from a range of majors with a range of data skills, faculty of varying technical ability, and librarians without training in data who nonetheless must answer data questions at the reference desk. I report on what happened when a small school (Trinity College) redesigned its website to cater to these varied constituencies by being more inclusive of the varying formats in which library resources now come: not just journal databases, but audio/video resources, images, and, of course, data. With data collected from the new website on what resources get the most “hits” and how users exploit multiple entry points to access those resources, I highlight which resources are the most surprising in terms of the number of hits they now receive. Finally, I pose some theoretical questions concerning how we should think about data websites in the more general context of library websites.

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