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Introduction to Zotero – TODAY

Introduction to Zotero
TODAY – April 15, 2010
High noon in the SMIL Screening Rm.

Zotero is an easy to use research tool that allows you to “collect everything” on the interweb.  It’s a free Firefox extension that lets you organize information on books, journal articles, and other resources directly through your browser.  Zotero can also archive web pages and store related documents, PDF files and images in your Zotero library.  Join Tim Knight, Bill Denton and Sarah Coysh for a look at the installation and general operation of Zotero, introduction to some advanced features like syncing across multiple computers and the pedagogical uses and implications.  If you bring your laptop or netbook to the session you’ll be Zotero ready when you leave.

Brought to you by the YUL Web Committee.


Content Management System Refresher Workshop

The Web Committee invites all staff to attend:

Content Management System

Refresher Workshop

April 19, 2010

1pm-4pm

Scott 531

Schedule:

1pm-2pm: Review of the CMS basics

2pm-4pm: Bring a current project and get help, ask questions, or get feedback

Please let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered. See you there!

Questions or Comments?

Angela Hamilton: adh@yorku.ca

Bill Denton: wdenton@yorku.ca


Introduction to Zotero – April 15, 2010

Introduction to Zotero
April 15, 2010
High noon in the SMIL Screening Rm.

Zotero is an easy to use research tool that allows you to “collect everything” on the interweb.  It’s a free Firefox extension that lets you organize information on books, journal articles, and other resources directly through your browser.  Zotero can also archive web pages and store related documents, PDF files and images in your Zotero library.  Join Tim Knight, Bill Denton and Sarah Coysh for a look at the installation and general operation of Zotero, introduction to some advanced features like syncing across multiple computers and the pedagogical uses and implications.  If you bring your laptop or netbook to the session you’ll be Zotero ready when you leave.

Brought to you by the YUL Web Committee.


beta.library.yorku.ca walkthrough

Hi,

I made a screencast of a walkthrough of the new web site look. Have a look. There’s audio, so mind the volume if you’re in a public area. (The audio gets out of synch mid-way. Sorry about that.)

Important link: http://beta.library.yorku.ca/.

That’s the beta version of the new library web site. Right now it’s just for staff, and it’s hidden behind the staff password. That will change soon and by Monday 17 August at the latest it’ll have no password and be open to the public. We’ll put a link to it on the home page.

On Tuesday 1 September this version of the web site will replace the current version.

If you have any problems or technical issues, please e-mail libweb@yorku.ca. If you have general comments, e-mail me at wdenton@yorku.ca, Sarah Coysh at scoysh@yorku.ca, and Mark Robertson at markr@yorku.ca. Send it to all three of us, please.

We’ll post more screencasts and news and updates about the home page here, so keep coming back.


Home Page open session

webmockup

Following up on the home page update at Library Forum, here’s
the invitation to come to an open session about it next Thursday 23 July
2009 at noon, in the Bronfman training room, room S236 in Schulich,
outside the library. All YUL people are welcome, so please pass the word
around your department.

The home page at http://www-dev.library.yorku.ca/ will change soon to
have the new look. Follow links there to other pages on the site and
you’ll see what they look like with the new template.

It’s still being worked on, and there are a few known problems about the
top navigation menu, including that it doesn’t work in IE.  That will be
fixed. As well, we’re still doing testing on students and making lots of
tweaks based on what they say. So far it’s gone over very well. Keep an
eye on the staff blog for any updates.

Drop me a note with any questions or comments, or, better yet, come out
next Thursday.

Bill



Birth announcement!

Sharon Wang and her husband Fred Zhu is pleased to inform YUL folks that her little boy has been born.  Congratulations!

“After so long, I finally met my little angel on April 19th!  His name is Adam Zhu and he weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces. The last few days have been fun and also hectic!

I’ll try to send some pictures later…

Sharon”

We’ll hold you to that,  Sharon, because YUL loves babies!


Register today for TRY – M?

Registration for the 2009 TRY Library Staff Conference is now open.

We look forward to a day of  outstanding sessions FREE to all staff appointed members at U of T,  Ryerson, and York. This year we are inviting our colleagues from McMaster University to register and join us as well.

Our theme is “New Directions.” Join us as we explore the ways in which the roles of libraries, library staff, and the delivery of information are changing. This one-day event provides library staff with an opportunity to exchange ideas and socialize with colleagues.

The conference will take place at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009.

Please check with your Departmental Managers if you’d like to register.

Space is limited, so register early!

Posted on behalf of Peter Duerr


Survey about the library's home page

The User Experience Group is continuing its work on the library’s home page. We’ve surveyed undergrads, grad students, and faculty, and now it’s your turn: we want to ask you some questions about the home page.

It’ll take about five minutes, and at the end you can enter for a draw for a $25 bookstore voucher.

We hope that EVERYONE who works for York University Libraries will take the survey. You have two weeks: it ends on Friday 6 March 2009.

Thanks for your time. You’ll be hearing more from us soon, with the results of these surveys and the usability testing we’re doing, and after that about possible new looks for a fresh home page.


Discovery layers

Stacy Allison-Cassin did a presentation at Library Forum on 14 October about discovery layers. She reviewed what we’d seen about VUFind, Primo, Aquabrowser, and BiblioCommons, and handed out a sheet that listed things we should look for in a discovery layer and (as far as she could find out) whether or not the different systems met what we want.

All of this is available on the intranet: Discovery Layer Discovery Process. Have a look.