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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.

Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years

This was easily our biggest project launch since March, and also the most fun. It includes not only a great deal of amazing work from Cory, Special Collections, and the Digitization team, but in addition features several new (totally awesome) web features programmed by Alex, including commenting, rating, and tag clouds. These updates are packaged in a product called dmBridge, which won Alex the Libraries' 2009 Innovative Solutions Award. The launch also featured an updated image viewer, which I wrote for CONTENTdm, named dmMonocle.

Instruction Update

Michael Yunkin and I worked with Rachelle Weigel to revamp the instruction site structure and look. The update addressed usability concerns that had arisen during testing, and brought the design into alignment with our Web Style Guide.

Catalog Commenting

I worked with Kristen and Lateka to implement commenting on the WebOPAC. My hat's off to Lateka for putting together the commenting guidelines document!

Google Search 

Thank you for your help with this one! After testing and receiving feedback, we chose to switch to a Google Custom Search solution, which is now live!

dmBridge & dmMonocle presentation @ OCLC Western CONTENTdm Users Group meeting

Alex and I presented our work on CONTENTdm June 4, 2009. The following is an extended set of slides from the presentation:

Conclusion

Thank you for your interest in our projects and the library web site in general! We will keep this blog updated more regularly, and hope to continue our conversation about the site. There are a number of developments to discuss, and many paths left to explore. I hope this blog is one of the platforms for exploration.

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