Talk:LIS Website Recommendations

Just a quick note/idea on gaining buy-in for the concept of a unified blog... I can't decide where this would go in the actual doc though: The power of blogging lies in easily getting out the message. It's not the medium that matters. People don't read/contribute to blogs for the site design, they read them for the content. That's where the power lies. If we can convince people that they don't have to go to the blogs (unless they need to create content), but rather that content from blogs can come to them (through RSS and other subscriptions), then I think we'll remedy much of the remaining unease about their use and adoption.Jess Isler 20:37, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

I'm not sure what we're recommending in the section "The LIS Search Portal"

Part of it seems to refer to the elusive library federated searching - a tool where users can search journal articles from many sources as well as conventional library catalogs. We are pretty far from having any such tool. We have also been attempting a more modest project - LibraryFind to act as a search interface to our various local digital resources. That too is currently at a stand still. I would not count on any of this being ready for web launch. But a "LIS Search Portal" sounds like a much more generalised search - not part of the library site but something for LIS. How is it different from the search efforts already underway for the whole college site? Do we need this section of the recommendations?


I'm commenting on the suggestion that we replace Library with "Resources and tools". I strongly prefer having "Library" in the title of the Library website section. "Resources and tools" I think would be very unfriendly for our users who are looking for the Library on the Middlebury College website. Resources and tools may refer to any number of departments or systems or components of the College... if there is nothing that indicates that the resources and tools relate to the library, then I think it renders the page title/link pretty meaningless. Of course WE know it is Library resources and tools because we are working within the context of redoing the library website, but users will have no clue that that is the assumed perspective. I'm not saying we should not have a link for resources and tools on the page once you get there, but having a link to "Resources and tools" under Academics instead of "Library" seems a confusing and unhelpful change. And after all we (most of us, at least, sorry Voter folks! :) still work in a building that is called a library, right? ;-) Jess Isler 20:05, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

I know we probably went over this in our last meeting, but reading it afresh, it's still not clear to me what item 7. on the LIS landing page is referring to. Does this mean a search of the LIS website? OR a search portal that searches multiple LIS resources (including Midcat, databases, etc.)? Here's what we have: "Either a link to, or an embedded form for, a search portal specific to LIS (depending on implementing technology of search landing page)." Thanks!Jess Isler 14:30, 17 August 2009 (UTC) p.s. I added a bunch of info./feedback from students in support of our recs. Feel free to trim that stuff down or not use if it's not appropriate!

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