Web Committee Notes, 01 Nov 2011
Present: Timothy Bristow, Catherine Davidson, William Denton (chair), Mark Robertson, Anna St.Onge, Robert Thompson
Regrets: Tonya Giuliani, Andrea Kosavic
New committee membership
The two-year mandate of the Web Committee expired over the summer. W Denton reviewed the terms of reference and membership with the University Librarian. Given the heavy CMS work that would be coming up, the strategic planning that is going on, and other factors, the Web Committee’s membership is reduced for one year. Strategic planning will be a focus of the work in 2012.
Notes from previous meeting
Notes from 07 June 2011 were approved.
Our mobile interface launched in June.
The IMF and Queen’s University will be using Archivematica.
The LibGuides research guides are in place on the home page and all of the old guides have been unpublished. Format guides (for example to plays and newspapers) are also included on the home page and on the guides landing page. Because they are hosted off-campus (though at a library.yorku.ca hostname) it currently impossible to reach the subject and format guides from catalogue-only workstations in libraries.
ACTION: R Thompson to investigate how these restrictions on the catalogue-only workstations are set up, and if they can be changed.
ACTION: W Denton to rename “Finding newspapers” to “Newspapers” and “Finding plays” to “Plays.”
ACTION: W Denton to assign the Occupy Movement guide to the Subject Guides group.
ACTION: T Bristow to assign the subject guides CSS to other groups so they have the proper look.
CMS Migration update
See also the CMS Migration Steering Committee page.
The test instance of WordPress is in place at http://www-dev.library.yorku.ca/cms. The committee looked at various pages with the new York template. The Steering Committee is planning the changeover. Training will be offered to local experts in all units.
Upcoming York header change
The new York template will be applied in WordPress, so gradually over December all of our static content will move to the new look.
ACTION: W Denton to make the
graphicalheader block (with our local top navigation) the same grey as below.
ACTION: W Denton to remove Search from our top nav, because there is another Search in the template header for all of York.
When WordPress is in place and the content has been moved over, we will be able to look at the left navigation menus, the information architecture of the entire site, remove more duplicate content, etc. After December and the migration of content from Red Hat to WordPress, the CMS work will come back to the Web Committee.
Discovery Service Assessment Project
The possibility of acquiring Summon or Ebsco Discovery Service or some similar product was raised at the Library Computing Committee. A working group will be looking for comments and feedback, and a decision about how to proceed will be made at the next LCC.
Updates, news, demonstrations
W Denton demonstrated Basecamp, the web-based agile project management tool that the CMS Migration Steering Committee is using. He highly recommends it.
A St.Onge reported that the Portuguese Canadian History Project is up and the official launch happened. There will be a presentation about the project at the Canadian Historical Association conference.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 pm.
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