New Ways of Exploring the Blog

In January 2021 the Illuminations blog unveiled our redesign. The purpose of this renovation was twofold: overhauling the look of the blog while making our 500+ posts easier to find and navigate. It’s hard to miss the new images from our collections in the center of the home page. These images link to posts related to topical areas such as literary collections, FSU heritage collections, and children’s books. You may also have noticed the new navigation options in the menu. Now readers can browse posts by category or search for specific terms on the dedicated search page. The search page provides full text searching of all blog posts as well as links to our most popular tags like Florida State College for Women and the John Mackay Shaw Collection.

Another new way to explore the blog is through our different series; the series page can be accessed from the Post Categories menu at the top of any page on Illuminations.

This is where we share recurring series posts that are based on a topic or theme. Some of these series have been around since the beginning of the blog while others are newer. The Student Views series includes over 50 posts written by students as they have worked with FSU Special Collections & Archives. One of the newer series, Queer and Trans History in the Stacks, has six powerful posts discussing diversity and inclusion in regards to the way libraries and special collections describe and collect LGBTQIA+ materials.

Come and take a peek at the new linked images on the series page that will take you to all the posts in that series. It’s a quick way to check out all our historical cooking posts from the Great Rare Books Bake Off, or see the history of each FSU library in one place (hint: there are more libraries beyond Strozier and Dirac!).

Screen shot of the new linked series images on the Illuminations series page
Screen shot of the new linked series images on the Illuminations series page

Which series do you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below!

Published by Kristin Hagaman

Graduate Assistant, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries

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