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Webbin' Rebels

Weekly Updates

By Brian Egan on October 29, 2009 3:50 PM | Permalink

While they may be trite and self-helpy, I’ve always enjoyed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One habit I find particularly useful is the seventh: Sharpening the Saw. The basic principle is that one must continually strive for improvement in a variety of areas in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When applied to our web site, sharpening the saw means continually improving the look and functionality of our site to maintain a great site for our patrons.

We do this with larger-scale projects, such as enhancing our digital collections with dmBridge or the updating the home page and website template. It is just as important that we focus on smaller improvements as well as large. Smaller updates include improving the look of our maps, updating older looking pages to reflect our new template, or simply modifying the text on a page to be more accessible for screen readers.

Preview of LabMaps now available

By Kee Choi on October 28, 2009 8:05 PM | Permalink
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What is "LabMaps" you say?  LabMaps is a part of the LabStats Suite of products by Computer Lab Solutions.  The LabMaps software provides a visual layout of the computers in the library and it's status in real-time.  Basically, our patrons will be able to locate available computers on all five floors from one computer/kiosk in the library.

Preview Link- Only accessible within the library.

Systems, Media and Computer Services, and WDS all collaborated on the LabMaps project.  Providing a dedicated LabMaps display in the public area is currently up for discussion.

Brian's Weekly Review: Oct 26-30

By Brian Egan on October 26, 2009 3:12 PM | Permalink

Previous Week

Review of previous week tasks:

  • #1 Primo Importante: Finish Digital Collections Mockup and Begin Review Process (Unfinished! What can I say? I'm fickle when it comes to designing!)
  • Slay the beast that is Labmaps
  • Collect Ideas for Mobile interface from Mobile Interest Group
  • Weekly Updates: Rotating Ads on Home Page, Add PIN Creation to ENCORE Login Screen


Also:

Michael's Weekly Review: Oct 19-23

By Michael Yunkin on October 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Permalink

Previous Week

  • Watch videos from Media usability tests & take copious notes :-).
  • Watch Lynda.com Drupal tutorials.
  • Help get together questions for WebOPAC/Encore usability tests.
  • Add info on copying to the website "printing" pages.
  • Begin compiling & editing existing content for new CML website.
First 2 items are half done :-( The first took WAY more time then I anticipated.

Also completed last week:
  • Updates to External Relations pages
  • Updates to Circulation pages

This week

Incomplete tasks from last week carry over, with these additions:
  • Remove/fix references to 'circfaqs.html' page
  • Review Nevada Repositories pages
  • Finalize WebOPAC usability test 
  • Complete initial CML content

Brian's Weekly Review: Oct 19-23

By Brian Egan on October 19, 2009 11:39 AM | Permalink

Previous Week

Review of previous week tasks:

  • Take Screenshots and Finish Research Article
  • Finish Digital Collections Wireframes
  • Finish Digital Collections Mockups
  • Watch Media Usability Videos
  • Figure out workflow with Alex
  • Create Sandbox Environments for Drupal Testing

  • Also:

    Brian's Week: 10/12 - 10/16

    By Brian Egan on October 13, 2009 1:15 PM | Permalink
    • Take Screenshots and Finish Research Article
    • Finish Digital Collections Wireframes
    • Finish Digital Collections Mockups
    • Watch Media Usability Videos
    • Figure out workflow with Alex
    • Create Sandbox Environments for Drupal Testing

    Michael's Week: 10/12 - 10/16

    By Michael Yunkin on October 12, 2009 6:05 PM | Permalink
    • Watch videos from Media usability tests & take copious notes :-).
    • Watch Lynda.com Drupal tutorials.
    • Help get together questions for WebOPAC/Encore usability tests.
    • Add info on copying to the website "printing" pages.
    • Begin compiling & editing existing content for new CML website.

    Random Items

    By Brian Egan on October 6, 2009 5:32 PM | Permalink

    dmMonocle Conquers the World!

    Ok, not really. But I know of at least five other institutions who have gone live with dmMonocle, and Google has tracked 33 downloads thus far! Perhaps not the wildest success, but it’s been a lot of fun seeing my first real contribution to the open source community be implemented so quickly by a number of libraries!

    Sometime in the near future, Alex is planning on releasing dmBridge to the library community as well, which as a much more complex piece of code. From my limited experience, I think a few things will make a big difference with dmBridge’s success:

    If Usability is the Answer, What's the Question?

    By Michael Yunkin on October 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Permalink

    One of the common refrains in discussions of the direction of the library's website is, "Send it to the Usability Committee!" Don't know what to call a subsection of the site? Send it to the Usability Committee! Not sure where a new piece of content should fit into the site structure? Send it to the Usability Committee! Is it worth keeping the "Services for Undergraduates" page? Ask the Usability Committee! But it's important to realize that usability, while an important part of the design process and an important tool for making informed decisions, is not the only way that many -- or even ANY -- decisions can or should be made.