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USF Tampa Library Leverages Web 2.0 Tools With New Website

The USF Tampa Library successfully launched a new website on Dec. 17, 2009. The new website provides easy access to the USF libraries catalog and E-resources while leveraging LibGuides to organize and manage everything else. Additionally, the new web presence takes advantage of the many social networking and web 2.0 applications, providing patrons with a richer and more interactive experience. Finally, all of the web 2.0 features are free.

Web 2.0 Features

  • The new web presence uses Google Analytics to track both internal and external links so that the USF Tampa Library can gather business intelligence on website usage patterns.
  • A Google Custom Search allows patrons to search across all of the USF Tampa Library blogs, YouTube, LibGuides, etc. from a single search.
  • The new search feature also incorporates searching in Google Scholar and Google Books.
  • The home page leverages RSS and Feedburner to incorporate News and Event information from the USF Libraries Blog.
  • LibGuides incorporate embedded video and audio, allow feedback via comments, and support all standard embeddable gadgets.
  • Google Calendar provides a free and easy method for managing and viewing the USF Tampa Library hours
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