The beta version of our new website is live! Take a look.
What is a beta site? It is a site that is mostly complete, but still may have some bugs or room for improvements. That’s where you come in! Take a look and send any feedback you have to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t be offended if you don’t get a response right away – I’m planning to collect responses and updates and post them here, on the ULIB blog. Please send any feedback by July 25th for full consideration.
Important dates coming up
July 5th-15th: Usability testing
Starting July 5th, the Web Advisory Group, plus additional help from Kate Flynn, Janet McMahon, Jenny Taylor, Karen Luna, and Rosie Hanneke, will conduct usability testing with students and faculty at all of our locations.
July 25th: Last day to share feedback
This gives the developers and content authors time to incorporate any changes we need to make.
August 8th-12th: New site launches, old site comes down
This week we will launch the new site, and make updates to display styles in LibGuides and Serials Solutions. We’ll also officially migrate to LibChat with the launch of the new site. When the new site goes up, the old site will no longer be available, except through the Internet Archive.
Important information for liaisons and instructors
If you need to update screenshots and instructions about using the library website in your instructional materials, you can go ahead and start doing that now using the beta site.
A few tips for screenshots and instructions for using a responsive site, which looks different at different screen sizes:
- Avoid taking a screenshot of a whole page–it might not be very useful to someone using a small laptop or tablet.
- Focus on screenshots of individual elements, like a search box or a button.
- Avoid text that refers to a place on the desktop screen, like “use the menu on the left,” since it might not be on the left on a phone or tablet–instead, you could say “use the menu to go to ‘directory’.”
Thanks to everyone who has worked on usability testing, writing content, and providing feedback!
Recognize outstanding colleagues by nominating consistently excellent co-workers for a Library award. The five categories of awards and the nomination process are described on the Awards Committee wiki pages.
And, there is a new category this year: The People’s Choice award. Patrons are invited to recognize a Library employee who provided outstanding service, took the extra steps, or consistently exceeds expectations. Patrons can send a nomination to the Library awards list (email@example.com) or submit a paper form to any library service desk (staff receiving paper nomination forms should scan and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Library Administration, 1-280 LIB, MC 234).
The 2016 Reaching Forward conference is set for Friday, May 6, 2016, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.
The Association of Research Libraries members ratified the Board’s election of Mary Case as ARL vice president/president-elect at ARL’s fall 2015 meeting.
ARL’s press release detailing the 2015/16 board is online.
The UIC Library will upgrade to Summon 2.0 on Monday, July 27, 2015. Summon 2.0 features a streamlined interface with improved faceted searching and the addition of an Explorer Pane to better integrate reference sources, subject guides, and related search terms. Users will also notice a “Content spotlight” feature that groups relevant content, and infinite search result scrolling, which prevents the need to click through multiple pages of search results.
The IDEA Commons construction project has enabled us to do an upgrade to the tile in front of the Circulation desk. The tile will be replaced to improve the pathway to the IDEA Commons.
Removal of the old tile began on December 14 and is scheduled to be finished by January 3. During this period, the public side of the Circulation desk is inaccessible, and there is no access to the first floor from the south stairwells or from elevators #1 and #2.
A temporary station has been set up in the Daley Library lobby to provide check out, returns, pick up from the hold shelf, and other circulation services. Patrons also can check out materials at the Reserve desk.
Below are recently completed tasks and tasks planned for the week of December 6 related to the IDEA Commons construction.
Circulation Dept. staff lockers have been relocated to the staff lounge.
The ACCC lab has moved out of 1-444. Consultants are stationed in the computer area at the north end of the Reserve Reading Room.
Room 1-470, which will temporarily serve as the Library’s classroom after the ELL is closed, currently has 17 computers that are available for students to use. The ELL will be open until December 10, and students can use computers in that room unless a class is in session.
Next week, carpenters will install sorting shelves in the Circulation Dept. work area, north of where the construction wall will be (around 1-140B and 1-140C).
Asbestos abatement begins in basement mechanical rooms on Monday, December 6. The work has been scheduled to be least disruptive to students studying in the Library during extended hours.
Sara Blaszczak, Clinical Assistant Professor and Electronic Resources Librarian, has accepted a position at the University of Michigan and will leave the UIC Library July 15, 2010. Sara has been Electronic Resources Librarian for six years and was a Resident Librarian in Systems for two years prior to that appointment; she has been employed by UIC for almost 18 years.
Lesley Brown has been appointed Assistant Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor, effective December 1, 2009. Her office is in the Daley Library, and she can be reached via email (email@example.com) or 312 996 4032.
Lisa Zhao, assistant cataloger, has been selected to be a speaker for the first team of the IMLS “Think Globally, Act Globally Grant Project.” The team consists of of six members and will have a ten-day program in China during May.