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Wednesday, March 18 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Interactive SVG Library Maps

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The University Library building is somewhat complex in structure because it is basically a newer 3-floors construction attached to the original 8-floor library building. Students easily get confused or lost when they are new to the library. The library maps were an interactive 3D building structure in Adobe Flash plus floor plans in PDF format. The librarians use these maps to give directions or demonstrate the building structure in their instructions or reference sessions. But as Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices and is blocked by some browsers, when the library website was redesigned, we had to find a new technology or format to replace the existing maps and fulfill the similar functions. In the map project, the original building floor plans were used as the source, so the new library maps accurately reflected the building layout. We selected the open source tool Inkscape to develop maps in the format of SVG, a vector-based graphics in XML. The new maps are easy to style, light-weighted, interactive, and accessible. Additionally, an interactive 2D building structure was used to show the location of each floor and to switch between floors. We are also planning usability tests for the maps and will implement feedback from users to improve the user experience of the maps.

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Jingjing Wu

Web Librarian, Texas Tech University Libraries
Jingjing Wu is the Web assistant librarian in the Texas Tech University Libraries. She earned her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and Bachelor of Engineering in Optical Instrumentation with a minor in Information Science from Zhejiang... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Leonard Center Hall of Fame Room