We need to start brainstorming for ideas and features that we want on the new science portal so we'll be prepared for when we locate a web designer.
Here are a list of some other science library websites. Not all are great but I'd like for us to discuss what elements we like and which features we don't like (just as important). Please feel free to post links to other libraries you think are worthy of critique. Also, if there are general guidelines and features that you'd like to include please post about those too.
My first impression looking at these sites is how busy they all are. Lots of links and it seems overwhelming at first glance. Its a decision that we'll have to make about how much information should be quickly accessible on the main page but yet still easily usable. Caltech's library page is the most easily navigated, IMO. I like the quick drop down boxes and the selection of links. I especially like the menu for authors - as the issue of open access and author rights becomes more important on campus, we'll need to take an active role in helping the faculty understand their rights and options for publishing.
Berkeley: Chemistry: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/CHEM/
Chicago : http://www1.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/index.php3
MIT Science Library: http://libraries.mit.edu/science/
Oregon Science Library: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/scilib/
Santa Cruz: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/scilib/