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Webbin' Rebels

Search "Lite" / Google Books Launch!

By Brian Egan on June 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Permalink

Search Lite

WDS would like to announce Search Lite, the new design for the Express Stations. WDS, working with Wendy, Vicki, and the Systems Department, sought to define the function the stations should serve within the library, as well as to identify a number of problems with the former Express Station design. We then refined the design and functionality of the Express Stations to reflect those discussions.

Wendy and Vicki determined the function of the Express Stations is to perform quick catalog searches, and nothing more. No internet, no electronic reserves, not even access to our main library website.

We also identified a number of errors with the former Express Station configuration. If you've used an express station, you may have noticed all of the broken links to book cover images. Also, if a patron typed in an external address (such as, the express station would time out, but provide no information as to why this was happening. Not too user friendly!

In response to these discussions, we made the following changes:

Radio Silence

By Brian Egan on June 25, 2009 3:16 PM | Permalink

I apologize for a lack of posts over the past few months. When we started this blog, we had hoped to post regularly, providing a location to have good conversation about the future of our website. However, all excuses aside, we have so far failed to live up to that hope. In an attempt to change this problem, and to seek greater communication with UNLV Library staff and the greater library world, I have personally decided to blog every Tuesday & Thursday from here on out.

While we haven't blogged as regularly as planned, we have launched several projects in the last few months. Most of these are included in the upcoming "Library Technologies Update," with more detailed descriptions. In the mean time, let me provide you with a short, incomplete list of work we've done.