Library Website Beta!

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We’ve got a fancy new myPlymouth, fresh paint on the university website, and now a beta of the new library website.

The site now features new searching technology that makes it easier (hopefully) to find what you’re looking for, and a breeze to explore the collection. Find yourself a novel for the beach or keep up to date with new works covering the 20th Century (browse further and you’ll find an interesting looking book titled Mr. Lincoln’s T-mails).

And if you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, just try a simple search. “Anthropology,” for example, brings up the research guide to get you started, and in the right column of the search page you’ll see a list of links that let you further narrow the search. Click around and you might find that we have a few dozen online resources in that area, including three on ethnomusicology.

But this is a beta. That means some…a lot of things don’t work yet, and the whole site might fall apart while we’re working on it. Don’t hesitate to tell us about what’s broken or what you like in the comment forms at the bottom of almost every page (or tell me directly, if you’d like). This is an exciting new step for us, and we want to make it right.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 31, 2007 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Zoiks. Turns out there’s a bug in Internet Explorer that I need to work around. The right sidebar is not rendering properly, pushing content and search results down on the page.

    A number of people have already alerted me and I’m working on it, but until I get it fixed you might try taking a look in Firefox or Safari to see what it _should_ look like.

    (Though, if you do find other browser rendering bugs, please tell me.)

  2. Posted June 4, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Will the new site be hosted at wpopac.com, or will it move to plymouth.edu?

  3. Posted June 4, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    @Brad Hachez:

    Sorry, I should have addressed that earlier.

    It’s hosted at wpopac.com at this stage of development, but will move to http://www.plymouth.edu/library when it goes live.

  4. Posted June 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    1) OPR staff may take umbrage at the “fresh paint on the University website.” Artists do.

    2) The default icon when a picture of the book or video is unavailable is BORING!

    3) Needs more cowbell.

  5. Brad Hachez
    Posted June 8, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    We have Ask a Librarian..how about the Ask a Techie that is on the information desk page — might be nice if it was in a similar fashion and if they used the same IM system.

    Also, there seems to be many parts of the Information Desk page that may be able to be integrated into the larger Library web site rather than a subpage of the InfoDesk.

    Finally, I noticed that Mike Cosma isn’t in the staff Directory as a Shift Supervisor, in either version of the site.

    Thanks!

  6. Posted June 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Lichen and I have identified an issue with fixed-width elements (think photos or tables) not fitting in the column width and causing problems for IE. The result is that the page content doesn’t appear until far down the page, well below the fold. We’re working on this.

  7. daberona
    Posted July 25, 2007 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Need to have a direct link to news items.

  8. Posted July 26, 2007 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    @Brad:

    You’re right. We’re working on moving the Infotech Help Desk pages into Scriblio now and we agreed we’re really missing an “Ask A Techie” page. Keep a lookout, we should have a draft up soon.