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Tulane University Libraries Web Site Guide

Web Site Oversight Committee

Scope: The committee is responsible for determining, testing, and implementing functions of the Libraries’ webs site; for overseeing the development and maintenance of content for the site; for developing and refining aesthetic features of the site; and for recommending fundamental design or structural changes.

Scope of authority: It has final authority over content, functions, aesthetics (images, colors, etc.), assignment of tasks, and setting deadlines. Advisory authority over structural design changes

Subordinate group: Web Content Providers

Parent group: Admin Group

Membership: Membership is limited to six regular members. Membership is not intended to be representative of every constituency in the library. Others may be invited to participate in discussions or tasks on an ad-hoc basis. Membership will be reviewed annually. Current membership: Jillian Cuellar, co-chair; Andy Corrigan, co-chair; Michael Jones; Sean Knowlton; Amanda Morlas; Keith Pickett; Anthony DelRosario, and Rachel Stein.  

Responsibilities: Ensuring that the Libraries’ website offers complete, accurate content about library services, locations, and people. • Determining responsibility for content, assigning the work, and setting appropriate deadlines for delivery of content. • Determining, developing, and refining the website’s functions. • Developing and refining the aesthetics of the site. • Reviewing librarian, staff, and end-user feedback and selecting priorities for changes or enhancements. • Working with the Assessment and User Experience Librarian to implement and test functions, design choices, and other matters. • Maintaining consistency in terminology and function for easier use. • Coordinating with libraries outside of the TUL umbrella (Law, Vorhoff, Amistad) to link to their sites as needed. • Working with the Goldman Center to test for and improve accessibility of the site for users with disabilities, in harmony with relevant standards and guidelines. • Reporting to the Admin Group periodically on web developments and presenting requests for structural changes for approval.

Principles: Decisions should rest on best practices and current standards in web design and human-computer interaction. • Evidence from end users should be gathered systematically and serve as the foundation for changes. • Priority for enhancements should be accorded to those changes potentially affecting the largest user communities. • All changes should be made with equity, diversity, and inclusion in mind.

The following questions should be considered when making decisions: What potential biases are present and what research or learning is needed to minimize them? • What perspectives are absent and what perspectives are missing? How can we get missing perspectives? • Who needs to be consulted and how will their input be gathered? • How will this decision or action differentially impact people? • Who benefits, who is harmed, and how can we mitigate harm or differential impact? • How can the decision-making process maximize equity in outcomes?

Charge issued by Library Dean (3/9/2021)

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