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Release Notes
Release notes are maintained by Heidi Burkhardt, Web Project Manager and Content Strategist. Notes were added every other week during the redesign project (October 2019–November 2020) and are now on as needed basis.
March 22, 2021
Design updates
New and updated content
Behind the scenes
December 18, 2020
Pilot feature
To improve the connection between the website's site search and Library Search, we are piloting an option to “Find Materials” for your search query from site search results. The option appears as the first item in your search results and selecting it jumps you to Library Search.
The feature will be tested by the UX team in early 2021 to see if it matches user expectations, as well as determine if any adjustments are needed to the label or design.
New and updated content
In addition to the pilot feature, we also have a new Find Materials Using Library Search page that is the first page listed when you open the "Find, Borrow, Request" menu.
In preparation for winter 2021 semester, we:
November 30, 2020
New and updated content
Design updates and bug fixes
Set a max-width for images in body text so they do not extend beyond the text's line length
Behind the scenes
Finalized and shared web content help documentation with library staff, including how to place public website content requests, as well as expanded support about content strategy and platforms
November 9, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Added an additional utm-source ID to the Library Search link in site search when there are no results
Major behind the scenes work
Continuing work on establishing editorial workflows and mechanisms, writing a bunch of documentation, and tracking website content
October 26, 2020
What's new
Completed website redesign project assessment plan report and shared internally with staff
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
Continuing work on establishing editorial workflows and mechanisms, writing a bunch of documentation, and tracking website content
October 12, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
September 28, 2020
Our lead developer and project lead both took time off this sprint and there are no major updates to report.
Additional batches of content changes were implemented on September 21 in line with expanded Shapiro hours and study space access, as well new contactless pickup locations on North Campus.
The major behind the scenes work noted in the September 14 update all continue.
September 14, 2020
What's new
An initial release of events and exhibits is now available by starting at the Today and Upcoming page.
This includes:
In October, if there are enough offerings to warrant it, we will add a homepage panel for "What's happening" featuring 3 upcoming events and exhibits. We also need to finish adding support for displaying physical locations as the "where" but may delay until it's relevant.
Major behind the scenes work
August 31, 2020
What's new
A number of updates were made to support changes in service offerings for fall semester:
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
August 17, 2020
A number of team members took some time off during the latest sprint, so we are light on updates this time.
What's new
Small screen views built for Staff Directory and Find a Specialist. These now switch to a vertical stack instead of needing to scroll horizontally through the rows
Design updates and bug fixes
Made the "Getting here" field on Visit pages (e.g. CVGA) optional to avoid repetition where the text isn't necessary for supporting wayfinding
Behind the scenes work
August 3, 2020
What's new
We launched the site!
The new lib.umich.edu went live on Tuesday, July 21. 
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
July 20, 2020
What's new
Implemented significant updates to site search to address accessibility issues and improve overall usability:
The final sections that were in progress are now live on the site:
In further support of communicating around access to services, resources, and spaces during the pandemic we:
Design updates and bug fixes
The Web Content Coordinator Group completed a content review and as part of this we:
Major behind the scenes work
July 6, 2020
What's new
As of Monday, June 29, the site is in public preview. Visitors at the current lib.umich.edu are invited to check out the preview site in preparation for the change. As part of this we:
Efforts to wrap up content worked included:
Design updates and bug fixes
We added support for:
We also went back through previously built content to add in links where the respective pages were not ready at the time.
Major behind the scenes work
June 22, 2020
What's new
whole lot of content. 
Our focuses are now getting to the last of the About Us content, gathering content for and building the Information for... pages, and preparing instructions and guidelines for department heads and AULs to write department and division descriptions.
Design updates and bug fixes
Add user lookup for Library Expertise to Find a Specialist
Major behind the scenes work
June 8, 2020
What's new
'We're here to help' panel added to the homepage with call to action link to Ask a Librarian
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
May 25, 2020
What's new
Development in this sprint was focused on getting all options in place for strategic messaging. This will include drawing attention to existing services with increased relevance or importance, as well as service changes related to COVD-19.
Design updates and bug fixes
Based on usability testing findings, added Today: in front of displayed hours where it was not already present
Major behind the scenes work
May 11, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
April 27, 2020
Nothing significant of note was added to the preview site over the last two weeks. Development efforts were focused on everything needed to support content for News and it's not quite ready to release yet. Content efforts were centered totally on drafting.  
Major behind the scenes work
April 13, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
As we get closer to launch, we're including additional items here beyond development work to illustrate other "invisible" things we're focused on to have the new site ready.
March 30, 2020
What's new
Split the old Building (or Library) Access pages into Transit and Parking and Navigating the Library (or Building) on relevant location pages 
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
Most developer time this sprint was spent on the Find a Specialist interface, which will replace the current Subject Specialist page, as well as use technical infrastructure that broadens the specialities we can represent. We're excited to share it soon!
March 16, 2020
What's new
March 2, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
February 17, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
February 3, 2020
Much of our work over the last two weeks was behind the scenes, whether design, requirements gathering, or builds in progress. We expect some exciting releases over the course of the month!
What's new
Added a bunch of new pages, mostly in Find Materials, Creation and Learning Spaces, Create and Design, and Data Services
Design updates and bug fixes
In the primary site navigation, when there aren't any child pages in a secondary section, it now functions as a link to the secondary page instead of button that opens a pane displaying the child pages. You can see examples in the Collections section
January 20, 2020
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
Major behind the scenes work
Over the last two sprints, we also completed a project to clean-up our use of the title field to better support site search. These changes simplify our approach to titles for both developers and content creators. The change was seamless for someone visiting the site, but was important work for long term sustainability 
January 6, 2020 (!)
The team did not conduct a sprint review before the holiday break and most of us took the full two weeks off. This release reflects work completed from 12/9-12/20.  
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
An issue causing n/a to display for location hours on the last day in a range is fixed
December 9, 2019
What's new
Google Tag Manager scripts have been added to the site to start testing out our analytics setup, otherwise nothing big this time 👋. 
Temp fixes
Pages are built within Cafés and Wellbeing using standard cards. These will eventually use new "destination" cards with additional details, but it is currently blocked by a bug. Note they will currently take you to the 404 page because these in particular will eventually go to external and floor plan page links, respectively
Design updates and bug fixes
November 22, 2019
What's new
Design updates and bug fixes
November 11, 2019
What's new
Temp fixes
All pages where the content is not ready yet have placeholder copy
Design updates and bug fixes
October 28, 2019
What's new
Temp fixes
Built out the Research and Scholarship section with landing pages, which includes some placeholder images and lorem ipsum copy
October 14, 2019
What's new
Temp fixes
Design updates and bug fixes
Minor fixes to a few different design elements
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