Minutes of July 14, 2003 Meeting
- Ka-Neng Au, Sam McDonald, Leslie Murtha, Karen Wenk, Dave
1) Content Group Report
(Au reported for Theo as the video conference equipment would not work)
- Theo received a dozen Index Database Description revisions from
various WAC members that will be passed on to Sam to update the
live web pages. Sam approximates that there are 40 to be done.
- Research Guides in development are :
- Theatre and Drama - mocked up will be sent to Matthew S. to review
- French - in process
- Biology Guide - has been revised, mostly to remove dead links not
to add new content.
- Psychology - in process by Laura Mullen
- Law Research Guide - Paul Axel-Lute has moved his law page to the Newark
law library server. We will leave a shell page behind that points to
his. His is essentially an Internet guide and does not reference any
local RUL databases that may be law related. WAC-C will look at
what content needs to be on the RUL law shell page.
- There seems to be a feeling that web page revisions will take a long
time to be added to the live site. Sam said that unless the page is
complicated, extremely large, or has alot of coding errors - it only
takes a couple of days to post updates.
- Theo will schedule a WAC-C meeting prior to the next full WAC mtg.
2) Design Group
- WAC-D is working on a redesign of the library's front page. They are
still tweaking its design and will release a URL where the full
committee can preview it when it is ready.
- Request from Jeanne Boyle to sort Committee pages to move inactive
ones to the bottom. This work is proceeding.
- E-Journals page has had notes added in red to direct students to
look in the Indexes and databases and "How to find an article" if
they need to find articles on a topic. And to try IRIS for
specific journals, volumes and issues. It is unclear if the
E-Journals page will be removed as PS librarians seem to be
divided over how confusing/useful it is.
- Library Terminology page and the Library Guide for International
Students page will be incorporated into the "About the Libraries"
- Remote Access to Library Resources web pages are going to be
revised. Currently there is one under AAL, one
under Remote Resources (User Services), and one for How to
configure your web browser. The How to configure will become
the main page and AAL and Remote Resources will point to it.
The exiting "How do I connect form home" will remain as is
but will point to the new page where appropriate.
- AMICO will not work with Netscape 7, works in NS 4 and IE. A note
to this effect has been added to the description page.
- PsycArticles - Since it is not a seperate Ovid database with its
own description, do we want to update the PsycInfo description
to reflect access to PsycArticles - Answer Yes. It was noted that
other Ovid databases will also give full text to the journals contained
in PsycArticles - at this time no other Ovid description pages will
be rewritten. It was asked if an announcement would be made to RUL
about PsycArticles - and the answer was that the announcement would
be written by Laura Mullens.
3) Webmaster Report - response to browser questions (see previous minutes)
- It was a little confused in talking about this since Sam was not at
the last meeting where the questions were raised, so questions were
more clearly defined.
- Sam asked about the preference of Netscape over IE for remote users
and wondered if it was a user preference or a systems preference.
Dave H responded that when IE fails to configure and work with the
proxy server, our only recourse is to direct people to download and
use a copy of Netscape. So it is not our preference (we would prefer
that IE would always work) but a need to get something working for
the end user. Dave just reiterated systems preference that the library
controlled and hosted web pages will always be usable in Netscape.
Sam stated that he will code for "modern" browsers (IE 5.5, IE 6.0
and NS 7.0) and will try to see that any style sheet coding has
only a minimal (if at all) impact on Netscape 4
- Is IE the prefered web browser - in the world at large - Yes
- What is the state of Netscape 7 installation on the public machines
at RU. - systems is still working out security software issue.
- The change to Netscape 7 on staff machines has made Sam aware of some
issues that need to be addressed. It took 6.0 hours to get the Agenda
to display properly. Images in the left menu are small and cramped.
Headings are wacky sizes. The How Do I link on the front page is not quite right. Blue line
separators work in older browsers (NS 4) but do not appear in modern
browsers - the fix will probably make them appear in modern browsers
and disappear from older ones.
4) Liason Reports
- Instructional Services - Leslie M, nothing to report
- Systems -
- Dave H. reported on a few types of requests that are making
their way to Cathy Pecoraro for addition to the IRIS, web
pages, and the proxy which have not come from the usual
direction (ie CDC). Two examples are Roper IPoll, and IPCSR -
these both came from Ron J at the SCC who asked for them to be
added to the proxy server. It was unclear where the active
links to these services were and if they would be added
just to IRIS or if they needed to be added to the library
web pages as well. Brian Hancock has also requested that
Spectator be cataloged, as well as a new full text resource
that he has purchased and will build an interface for.
Sam stated that questions for services like this could be
discussed with him and referred to Jeanne or another AUL
if need be.
- Cathy also seems to be getting a large number of requests
for free resources and doesn't always know how to act on
them. They are time consuming and in some instances may
need someone else to review where they sould be added.
(i.e. - are there different criteria for Indexes that should)
(be added to IRIS but not the web pages ? Does Cathy just:
(send it along to Sam, Au, Theo for consideration ? If not)
(considered appropriate for the web pages does it still go)
(in IRIS ? )
- Is it possible that the addition of the "Free resources request"
web page has opened a flood gate and someone needs to review
the types and volume of requests that are coming in ?
- Note: Cathy P. is also going to talk this through with Mary
Page to see what suggestions she can make.