Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Bell Tower Books "ad"

I've added another picture to the randomly-loading images on the home page to advertise the bookstore:

btb graphic

I tried to match the Times-spaced-closely-together font ULM seems to be using a lot.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fall hours

Fall hours are online, with fall graphic

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome back!

• added a "Welcome back!" message to the home page in place of the message about database problems

• changed the subject librarians page to show new arrangement:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More updates + database problems

•removed all known instances of ARTSTOR being a 'trial' product
•On the staff pages, moved Lila to reference and removed 'acquisitions' where she was placed before
•Added a blog post about the database problems and mentioned it on the home page. It's been a while since we knew about this problem; it's been this way all day, and I think I overheard a faculty patron saying that she got up early to do research around 7am or so and couldn't. I don't know when/how it will be fixed.

I'll also change the subj. librarians page as so as I'm totally sure who's doing what. All I have to do is ask, I guess.

Monday, August 17, 2009

More updates

•By popular demand, a link to the upcoming Fall schedule has been posted alongside the current Summer one

•I've removed SB from the staff/dept. lists (I didn't realize that she...), and combined Media services with Gov. Docs. on the dept. page. I've also heard that these depts. and serials are going to merge into one location later.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Updates to site

•From the Faculty/Staff lists I've removed EL, WM, MM, DP, DG, KC, JH

•The Gov Docs blog isn't linked on the home page any more

•The 2009 Annual Report is now on the home page. I also moved all annual reports I know about into a directory called 'annualreports."

•Liaison librarian assignments have yet to be decided.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hours + "govdocs"

a) I changed the hours on the home page to show the interim hours.

b) I've been given access to the "Gov Docs," directory, but I can't get in yet.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Google Analytics and various other things

Here are various things I should mention:

1) Google Analytics

I just heard today from Don and Dinah that Google Analytics can now be used to analyze our web traffic (and for free). ULM has already been using it, and they've looked into the Terms of Service already; they know that GA anonymously shares browsing information. I'm also aware that libraries have special requirements in regards to sharing records; I am fairly certain that we are compliant with our own Statement of Confidentiality, and so is Don. So we're going ahead with this. I'll add the GA code (javascript) that University Relations gave to me. I have made a full backup of the directory just in case (which I periodically do anyway). I'll still add a message to the Confidentially page to disclose that we use GA, and a link to Google showing why it is O.K.

EDIT: The deed is done and the code has been added to most if not all of the HTML pages we have.

2) Google blog accounts:
Mike Magee has been removed from the list of ULM Library Blog (ULMLWPC + Reference) authors, and Dr.Cook will go next. They'll be missed.

As we will soon not have a Docs librarian, the Gov. Docs blog will be merged with the Reference Blog, meaning that anyone who knows about something interesting that is Docs or Govt. related can just post it on the main blog. It needs more posts anyway.

3) 404 Person Not Found

I haven't yet removed all instances of Mike's name and will soon set about removing Dr.Cook's contact info.

The Gov. Docs. page will also need to be ammended. I don't have access to the "http://www.ulm.edu/govdocs/" directory.

I've asked Don what to do about these.

4) Webfeat:

Its death is, as I've said before, not certain. But if we are to keep it, I'd really like to try and fix its color problems.
(Although I've said negative things about WF, I still do like using it for searching catalogs better than the Union Catalog and OCLC. It's very straightforward. But that's just me, and it's the only thing I like.)

5) Web tour
I've updated the non-audio version of the library online tour, but I've been hesitant on the audio version because I suspect some changes will happen that would require me to do it again. I'll have it done before the Fall semester begins.

6) New copier/printer (not really web-related)

The reference dept. (actually, it's for ILL, I think) got a new copier can be a printer, but there is only one network wall jack. I've found that it is possible in a few different ways to split the jack and network both, and the computer center probably could, but I don't think it's necesary. If it's ever needed, a USB printer cable works just fine. If the Dell printer finally dies for good, then it could be worth thinking about.

There is an extra mechanical compotent for this model that can be added to make the copier capable of duplex printing. However, if we used it for printing all the time, we'd only have a photocopier part of the time.
It is also supposed to work as a scanner, which I haven't tested yet.

7) Fall's coming. Shocking, yes? Since we already had a graphic from R. Glaze, we'll be using that as we did last time.

8) Today I also changed the home page's catalog links to help with an upgrade. But they were done less than 5 min. later :-P
I also put the upcoming special collections exhibits in the news box.

Monday, August 3, 2009

New Exhibits posted

CR told me about and gave me copy for 2 new exhibits. I placed the announcements on the web site:

And I posted it on the blog: