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Subject Guides Redesign Project – SUNY Potsdam College Libraries

This project is currently in progress and it started at the end of 2012. It involves redesigning the subject guides that appear in the College Libraries LibGuides installation. Up to this point most of the work has involved deciding if LibGuides would be continued to be used, creating sketches, and wireframe models of how the new subject guides would appear.

Here are some examples:

SUNY Potsdam College Libraries

The libraries new website was designed to support the mission of the university, library, and the community that it serves. To learn more about this project please visit the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries Website Redesign blog. The process used to design the new website took a user-centered design approach and involved several different things such as a card sort, creating concept sketches, to building an interactive prototype.

IDS Search

In conjunction with building a new website for the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries the IDS Search Interface used for the libraries catalog was also updated. The Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) was rewritten to match the new design of the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries website.

Indiana University Student Foundation

This website was recently rebuilt using CSS, XML, and XHTML to be used within the Cascade Server a content management system (CMS). Prior to rebuilding the website the information architecture of the site was reorganized to make it easy for people to find what they where looking for. After rebuilding the site it was incorporated into the CMS, so members of the student foundation could update content without having to know HTML. Part of this process has involved teaching people how to the CMS and creating short training videos that have been made available on YouTube.

METS Navigator Redesign

The METS Navigator is a METS-based system developed by the Indiana University Digital Library Program for displaying and navigating sets of page images or other multi-part digital objects. METS, the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard, is an XML standard, maintained by the Library of Congress, for managing and describing digital library objects. I worked with a group of people to help redesign the current METS Navigator graphical user interface. This lead to the design of a usability study to assess the paper prototypes that were created for the METS Navigator.


I was responsible for writing the XHTML and CSS used to display the web site. Other duties include updating the web site on a quarterly basis and creating a style sheet specifically for printing from a web browser.

University Players

This was a complete redesign of the original web site that took place during a three month period. A report was created to discuss the client and usability testing.

Encyclopedia Tutorial

This tutorial was created using Macromedia Flash to help people learn about the encyclopedias that are available in the Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University.


This project was created using Macromedia Flash MX and uses a musical background to help tell a story about a boy who has a dream. It is an adaptation of the children's story Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Shoe Quiz

The project involved using Macromedia Flash to teach people about the three different types of running shoes.