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Web > Web Committee Notes, 13 December 2011

Web Committee Notes, 13 December 2011

Notes from previous meeting

Notes from 01 November 2011 were approved.

Business arising

  • The problem that guides on LibGuides are not available through the catalogue-only workstations (because they are not hosted on a York server) was abandoned, the judgment being de minimis.
  • ACTION: W Denton to rename the two “Finding” format guides.

CMS migration and future work

The migration to WordPress is proceeding well and will finish up next week.

We discussed future directions about WordPress and what to do next year after the migration is done. How best to get the word out about how good WordPress is? A Kosavic suggested talking to people who had abandoned the Red Hat CMS and inviting them to move back to the library system. Another possibility would be demonstrations with Walter Giesbrecht or others.

ACTION: A Kosavic to move her YDJ site into the library’s WordPress.

ACTION: T Bristow and A Kosavic to move the Scholarly Communications Group web site into the library’s WordPress.

Captivate 5.5 (the latest release) is now available to all staff. A fresh round of training on it could include how to get the screencasts into WordPress and LibGuides.

We need to make sure that everyone has a certain level of comfort in WordPress. There was discussion of a series of workshops on different subjects, for people at different levels of knowledge.

Library computing plan

R Thompson reported briefly on this. It is being developed and he will be consulting with various people and committees to get their input.

Accessibility in 2012

It appears that not only is there no concentrated or centralized effort at York about the AODA standards, but hardly anyone is even talking about it. Although it is becoming something important we all have to have to the handle, the default attitude seems to be that people will wait until it becomes absolutely urgent.

Question: What kinds of accessibility validation tools could be incorporated into WordPress and LibGuides?

The expanding range of resources we offer (such as screencasts and other videos) means it will be more of a challenge to meet the accessibilty guidelines. For example, all videos we produce will need to be captioned and/or have transcripts. What about the electronic resources from vendors? Are ebooks accessible? Rajiv Nariani is doing research on this. C Davidson said that OCUL-IR did a strategic plan and one point in it is about AODA compliance on databases and services we license.

Updates, news, demonstrations

C Davidson recommended the Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2011 membership meeting and encouraged everyone to look at the program and listen to or watch the recordings.

A St.Onge was frustrated in her attempts to demonstrate that our holdings are now in Archeion, but afterwards sent around this message: “I would encourage members of the committee to go back to Archeion and check out York’s descriptions available here: http://www.archeion.ca/york-university-clara-thomas-archives-special-collections;isdiah. One of the strengths of Archeion is that researchers can search across institutions for archival material held in Ontario. Based on ICA-AtoM, the new Archeion is following in the footsteps of archival associations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta in implementing this open source software. In recent months, LAC announced that ICA-AtoM will be the new platform for the national catalogue of archival descriptions, ArchivesCanada.ca. The most recent release of ICA-AtoM also includes an accession module, which I know I’m really interested in exploring as a possible solution to our current accessioning database which is in Access 1997 format.”

Next meeting

The January meeting is cancelled, and the next meeting will be in February 2012.

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