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Information Architecture

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From Creating Web Pages to Creating Web Sites:: The Use of Information Architecture for Library Web Site Redesign by Troy A. Swanson in "Internet "Reference "Services "Quarterly. Volume: 6 Issue: 1 ISSN: 1087-5301 Pub Date: 1/1/2001, pp. 1-12.


Abstract: The librarians at the Moraine Valley Community College redesigned the library’s Web site using Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville’s application of information architecture to Web site design. The librarians at Moraine Valley Community College learned that successful Web site design hinges on matching the needs of the user group with available technology. Web site designers must be able to create a flexible organizational scheme that allows a balance to be struck between competing factors such as hierarchical depth versus breadth, site structure versus site flexibility, and usable labels versus needed jargon. Most importantly for librarians operating in the online environment, Web designers must understand that users visit Web sites to access information, but it is a site’s information architecture that makes the site successful.


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