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Web > Web Commitee agenda, 07 February 2012

Web Commitee agenda, 07 February 2012

Notes from previous meeting

Notes from 13 December 2011 to be approved.

Busines arising

  • Site Search link in top navigation bar
  • WordPress workshops
  • Library computing plan
  • other items

Web site design and architecture

There is a new York web look, announced in late January and documented here:

Now that everything is in WordPress, and with the availability of this new design, we can tackle the architecture of the site with the goal of making it easier for people to find what they are looking for, in part by reducing the unnecessary duplication of content. We might get rid of our top navigation bar.

Report on OCUL summit on “Research Support in the 21st Century: Harnessing Networked Communications to Deliver World-Class User Services”

W Denton and T Bristow attended (as did John Dupuis and Tom Scott) and will report. Consider how some of the things discussed there could be used in our web site. Also consider how successful person-to-person approaches have little to do with the library’s web site but depend on librarians being involved and active on sites where students and faculty are already talking. Idea of the “invisible library web site.”

Search cues for VuFind stale

The examples used as VuFind search cues (such as jimi hendrix; atwood m*; "freud, sigmund" for Author Keyword) have been unchanged for years. Should they be updated with different examples? Could we keep the examples for Keyword (scholars portal journals; "origin of species"; cubism and Picasso) current and relevant and eye-catching? For example: presidential primaries, occupy movement, Valentine’s Day.

Brief introduction to Talis Aspire

Talis Aspire is “is a cloud-based, resource-list management solution that enables universities to transform resource discovery and access for today’s demanding student.” A very short video shows what it does. It’s solving the problem of how reading lists for university courses, which are filled with very useful information about what books and articles are most relevant to a subject, are never aggregated and mined to provide recommendations.

bX trial

SFX’s bX Scholarly Recommender is in use at some OCUL libraries.
Waterloo’s Pascal Calarco reported on it at Scholars Portal Day in December and we will look at his slides. Should we try it out here?

Canadian Health Libraries Association social media portal

News and updates

News and updates about anything web-related in the libraries and archives or anywhere else that might be of interest to us.

Other business


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6 March 2012.

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