Minutes of September 11, 2006 Meeting
- Au, Gardner, Bartz, Glazer (guest), Hartman, Haynes, Hoover (recorder), McDonald, Mullens,
1) Front Page Images
Background: Review new selections and captions.
Expected Outcomes: select images and adopt captions
- We reviewed many images that were obtained from
- a publicly available image repository from Newark
- images that Sam had used previously on the web pages
- new images or photographed by library staff.
- Most discussion to remove photos revolved around the
quality of the photo (lighting, backdrop), old computer
equipment depicted and image overused. Reasons to add photos
depicting a friendly inviting place, showed librarians
in service and showed student interaction.
- It was decided to add 2 new images to the rotation, add 3 more
after they were reshot, remove 2 images in use (bad background)
and possibly remove the overused Douglass Chapel image. It was
also decided that over the long term we would strive to have 30 images
that would reflect all the libraries on campus.
- The committee also decided against having captions on the front page. However, a gallery of all the images will be created, with information on the location or setting of each image. H.Glazer will assist with this.
2) Index and Databases
Background: determine status of database description review.
Expected Outcomes: distribute new assignments for database description
- Six are outstanding from previous assigments. All pledged to get
- New assignments
LION (African-America Poetry, English Poetry) SB or Kevin
Books in Print w/ Reviews RG;
Business Source Premiere Au;
Marriage Women and Law SB;
Medline Ovid LM->JM;
MLA Ebsco SB->KM;
3) Goal Setting
Expected Outcome: establish goals for the year
- Reviewed current goals
Agreed to keep all the above and under the "Specifically" section
- continue to review and update Webpages on a regular schedule
- develop specifications and procedures for Website content (e.g.
database descriptions, Research Guides, Finding Aids)
- collaborate and communicate with RUL councils and committees to
introduce and maintain Website content (e.g. Alumni Library)
- investigate best practices at peer institutions for Website
management and Webpage development
- respond to Central Search committee about placement of this
new service on the library web pages.
- work with the groups reviewing the Staff Resources pages content
to make it more accessible and useful. This recommendation
came from the Internal Communication Task Force.
4) Webmaster Report
Update on Staff Resources Page.
- While others are working on content updates to the Staff Resources
page the WAC has decided to bring the style of it up to
date with the other library web pages. Sam made a demo page that
- Reflected the new library web page colors (Red and black banner)
- Removed the use of frames (the URL you see in the location bar is
the proper one for the page)
- Added a printer friendly page that will automatically remove the
header and left navigation bar when printing.
- Added a left navigation bar for Committees and Services
- After discussion it was decided to:
New Finding Aid for Census Tract and Block Data is available at:
- Leave the left hand navigation bar and have links to the functional
areas of the library
- Move the services (Bookroom, Find People, Find Committes, Search Staff
Pages, Staff Resource Index) from the left hand navigation bar to
the top black menu bar under the header. This is very similar to how the
top black bar is used on the library web pages.
Revised Service Desk Hours page available at:
5) Systems Report
- Hein Online. Paul Axel-Lute from Newark Law once again contacted
Cathy P. about adding Hein Online to the Library proxy server.
The last time this issue came up and was debated it was decided
that the libraries did not want to add the service. Main reasons
We still need answers to all of the above. Issue has been referred to
Public Services Council for a decision.
- We did not negotiate the license
- We did not know who or how user complaints of abuse would be
- Did not want our proxy to be used by other entities outside of
Rutgers as a way to proxy some, but not all of their resources.
- If we add the service to our proxy would we change the link on
our page to go directly to the resource, instead of the going to
the Newark Law Library page ? Would we have to tell Newark Law
to use a different URL so our proxy becomes involved.
- Are we doing it this for Rutgers Library Users or Newark Law Library
- Proxy server was upgraded to the latest version in response to some
top talker complaints we received from RUCS. The new version has
easy ways to monitor bandwith usage on a per user basis as well as
ways to automatically lock the accounts if they exceed limits
that are set. Initially the software has only been setup to monitor
usage, but not to automatically block accounts. Upgrade was very
starightforward and accomplished with less then 5 minutes of
6) Instruction Report
Assesment on SearchPath has been completed. The committee lost their lead
researcher and they got all they can out of the results.
Need to review Finding Aids pagee last updated May 2005
Workshop for Tips and Tricks for using Resources. Open to the
7) IPAC - nothing to report
8) Update on Central Search
- Electronic Resources Task Force sub group is proceeding with the selection
and setup of resources to be searched by Central Search. It is not quite
clear what was expected of the web committe in its introduction on the
library web pages. Is it just one remote link to a new service, or is
it a redesign of numerous pages on the existing libraries web site.
- A memo from Jeanne to RUL_EVERYONE implied that a demo of the product
configured with our databases would be available by December 15, for
rollout to the public by January 2007.
- Selectors may be asked to tighten up the Subject classifications of our
- There was a sense of urgency expressed that when the sub group completes
the setup there will need to be swift action to introduce the service
on our web pages.
Web committee agreed to look at the new service when it is ready and study
any web page chanegs that may need to occur.
Next Meeting: October, 9 2006