Beta Extended Through Fall

We’ve heard you!  In March, the Libraries launched Beta 1.0, a major web site redesign. We then asked for your feedback and conducted additional user testing to gather more information.   In response to your feedback, we are making substantial improvements to the Beta 1.0 site over the course of the Fall 2011 semester.

During the fall semester the current Beta 1.0 site will remain available but will be replaced in mid-November with an upgraded Beta 2.0 site.   We plan to permanently switch to the new design during the Winter Break.

General Fall Timeline:


  • Revise information architecture options;  review &  test


  • Refine look and feel:  layout, colors, typography
  • Develop graphics, obtain images
  • Content creators update content in Beta 2.0
  • Conduct usability testing.  Gather general feedback


  • Make Beta 2.0 available to public (at
  • Continue usability testing.  Gather general feedback

Winter Break

  • Launch Beta 2.0 as current site at

Browsable DVDs!

Browsable dvds Richter Library first floor

Have some free time at the start of the semester?   Need a break once classes kick into gear?

Now you can easily browse the Libraries extensive DVD collection and escape into another world for a few hours.

In response to student requests, the Libraries spent the summer reorganizing the DVDs into broad genre categories and moving the entire collection  onto browsable shelves on  Richter Library’s First Floor.

Located just off the Reading Room, the DVD collection is shelved by broad genre, à la Netflix or your favorite video store:  Animation, Comedy, Drama, Foreign Films, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy, TV Programs, and Non-Fiction.

Find a title that interests you, take it to the Richter Circ Desk to have a staff member remove the locked case, and check it out.

Meet Your Librarian!

Your Subject Librarian can help you find articles, books, and more for your research assignments.  Ask them about UM’s virtual library including the catalog, e-resources, and digital collections. Learn about Summon, RefWorks,, and a wide range of helpful resources.

Your Subject Librarian is your personal contact to the University of Miami Libraries.

Sharp Focus: Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection Exhibit

Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection Exhibit

The Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection at the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections contains over 5,000 images by the UM Professor Emeritus and professional photojournalist, author, and scholar.  This exhibition showcases examples of Dr. Carlebach’s witty, ironic, and perceptive takes on life in South Florida and beyond.

Exhibition displayed on 1st, 2nd, and 8th Floor through the Fall semester.

The Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program

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Beta Website Launched

The University of Miami Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the beta  library web site [ ] and catalog  [].

The new sites are the result of usability testing, focus groups, faculty interviews, and user surveys. The beta library site features more prominent search options providing quick, convenient access to core library information. Other features include quick links to frequently used services and resources, audience level pages to easily access library information important to students, faculty, and visitors, and a fresh new look. The new catalog includes the ability to send a text from within a record as well view Google Book Previews of titles where available.

Both the beta library site and beta catalog will run in parallel with the current sites to give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the new organization and provide feedback for improvements.  Users can switch back and forth via links to and from the beta sites in the upper banner.

Please be sure to click on the feedback link in the upper banner to let us know what you think!

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Mobile Library Site Launched

Mobile Library – Any time – Anywhere

The University of Miami Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of their mobile library site :    The site is optimized for smart phones such as the iPhone, Android, touch-screen Blackberry, but should also work on most mobile phones with an internet/data plan.

The site provides quick, convenient access to core library information including library hours, contact info, and computer availability.   Users can do quick searches and email results by searching for articles and other materials from Summon – the Libraries’ new unified search engine, as well as mobile versions of key electronic resources.   The site will continue to grow and develop based on feedback received via the Site Feedback form also available on the library mobile site.

UML-Mobile Blackberry-curve

Full functionality of the mobile services will depend on your data plan, connectivity, and the capabilities of your phone.

Please use the Site Feedback form to let us know what you think!