If you go back far enough in time you start to hear a chorus of complaints about library web sites. I won't repeat them all now, but I will bring to your attention the latest salvo against library web design, this one from Inside Higher Ed entitled The Library Web Site of the Future from Steven J. Bell.
According to the Ithaka report, academic librarians rated the function of the library as a gateway for locating scholarly information as “very important.” Asked to assess the performance of libraries as their portals to scholarly information, however, faculty in all disciplines rated them considerably differently. Compared to earlier years of this Ithaca study, faculty no longer perceived the library as an important portal to scholarly information. While the library Web site is not specifically mentioned in the report, for the 21st century library, the Web site is the de facto gateway to electronic research content. The report makes clear that faculty increasingly access what they need elsewhere or simply find alternate routes around the library Web site to get to their desired library e-resources.
What factors may have contributed to this growth? In addition to users accessing JSTOR directly through our search and browse interface, we have begun collaborating with search engines to provide additional pathways to the archive. Specifically, in early 2006, in response to requests from students, faculty, and researchers using the JSTOR archive, JSTOR finalized an agreement with Google to allow the popular search engine to begin "crawling" and indexing the book reviews and full-length articles archived in JSTOR for discovery purposes. A "crawl site" was created especially for this purpose, and the vast majority of archived journals available in JSTOR have now been indexed in Google Scholar, as well as Google's main search.