Monday, November 30, 2009

Added extended hours

I've added news of the extended pre-finals hours on the home page, the hours schedule PDF, and the blog. Do let me know if anything's wrong with them.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

EZproxy Problems

It seems that the Ezproxy is down. And most of our major DBs are down as a result, even on campus. This is not good.

However, I have realized that simply removing the EZproxy Prefix from the URL lets the DBs that use it work just fine (on campus). So, I made a another list of alternative links to these DBs and put it on the DB list page:

I can set it back to normal as soon as the problem is resolved.

I know that I have done this without consulting anyone, but I consider this to be an "emergency." It's a sunday and just after Thanksgiving break, so I don't see this problemn being resolved any time soon. If I'm wrong to have done this, do let me know.

I have also reset the hours on the home page to regular hours.

A day later, the normal links are working again, so I've returned the page to normal.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Hours + survey coming

I've put the Thanksgiving hours on the home page.

Also, we are also hoping to run a survey with the help of the computing center about patron's computer literacy skills. Here are 2 possible versions of the home page that could promote it when it is completed:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Instruction and Tours

The link on the home page that used to be called "Tours and Instruction" is now called "Instruction and Tours." I don't think anyone will notice, but it was important enough to change.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ask A Librarian page up

The new Ask A Librarian page is up; it is the same form that was there before, but with the new changes. It looks right in IE 6,7, and 8, which it didn't before.

I also realized that many of our web pages had the wrong link to the "Ask" page. I changed them, and now they all go to the form.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Small site changes

•There are some errors on the Ask A Librarian page. Dead links, the old footer, and the old banner. The form is on the domain, which I can't update. I have made and tested a replacement, and will soon send the file to them and ask them to upload it.

•This is one of those small things no one notices, but needed changed anyway: For a long time, the links in footer have been underlined in all pages except the home page and the database subject pages. This happened when I fixed the template a long time ago to underline links to make them easier to see. I've now set it so that the footer links are not underlined, but the others on the page are. They become underlined when you click them. They are no longer change color when you have visited them.

If anyone thinks these links looked better underlined, I can easily change it back.

I also made it so that the Databases by Name page doesn't have underlined links anymore. I thought it looked too busy with the underlining. If anyone disagrees, do let me know.

•A long time ago I made a test blog thinking that I would make a ULM-themed gov docs blog design for KC. I've kept it around thinking that I'd do something with it, but today I deleted it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Polices link + more

Today I...

• added the "Polices" link I was talking about before to footers of all of our pages.

• added a message to the Passman Collection page saying that they are PDFs and added a link to get the Adobe reader

• tried some more things with the developing catalog interface

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another new catalog design

SirsiDynix is changing the catalog interface again, So I need to change the design a bit again to fit it. LOUIS has given us the ability to host our own CSS files so that they can be properly modified to fit the new appearance.

The "training" version of the site should show the progress:

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Pages...

I've added a page to archives about the new exhibit, with some pictures:

A new FAQs page is up:

And I've added a link to the library polices on the home page and on the FAQs page. I'll add it to the rest of the site later.