History of the UC Berkeley Library website

Before there was the World Wide Web, there was Gopher. The UC Berkeley Library had a gopher site. We were cutting edge.When the World Wide Web emerged and wrestled the mighty Gopher to the ground, The Library embraced the Mosaic browser. White papers were written, task forces were formed, mission statements were birthed, and we were there, on the ground floor.The UCB Library Web Development Team was formed in August 1994 and discharged in April 1996 when the server was formally placed in production mode. The Web Team was charged by Library administration with designing a World-Wide Web (HTTP) server for the Library.Highlights:

  • 1996 The UC Berkeley Library Web was born.
  • 2003 a redesigned Library Web homepage and top-level pages were introduced.
  • 2011 a mobile website that includes high-use mobile-friendly content was developed.
  • 2011 the Web Advisory Committee works on a redesign of the Library Web homepage and top-level pages.
  • 2013 the Web Services Review Team (WSRT) engages in extensive user testing and recommends that the public side of the Library Web move from an HTML-based website, into Drupal.  The WSRT also recommends that The Library utilize the LibGuides platform to serve information about library collections.
  • 2013 the Web Services Team (WST) works with the Library Designer to develop a new look, feel and architecture for the Library Web.
  • 2014 the Library Website in Drupal, and the LibGuides platform were launched in time for fall semester.