Archival Edition: January 2004
New Web Site Design Implemented, Content
Poynter Web Site is finishing the final stages of implementing
a new web design, following the lead of the campus redesign
project. The campus web
redesign includes a new header and footer for all USF St. Petersburg Pages.
The new USF St. Petersburg design was put into motion by the new position
of Campus Webmaster, a recently created position now held
by John Husfield.
What makes the library's role in the process
different from prior redesigns
is that we are also adopting a content management system to
control the site, which
will allow varying levels of content and design contribution
by both library web
designers and content contributors. Three library web designers
set guidelines on style and also create templates to adopt
and revise that style. Then, web
content contributors will be able to utilize these newly formed
templates to rapidly create new pages to display or revise
Our redesign project is scheduled to be complete by the end of January, and will
boast both design improvements as well as navigational and content additions.
A few highlights of these changes include:
- A group-related information link for Students, Distance Learners, Faculty, and
- SAPL Newsletter online, Library, Libraries and Departmental News online.
- What's New section featuring the latest additions to the library collections,
including CD's, DVD's and AV Media, as well as new books in the McNaughton Series
and other additions.
- An easy-to-navigate interface that allows access to all main
department areas and subpages of these areas directly from
the main page.
FCLA Funded Equipment will Improve Print Services, Network Services
The Florida Center for Library Automation
grants funding to improve technology within libraries throughout
the state. Our library uses this grant as a springboard
to enhance it's systems and network capabilities. This year, the library
will be purchasing a new Hewlett Packard Printer to provide faster and
more reliable printing in public areas through our Pharos Printing
well as equipment to enhance our network and wireless access services.
As a result,
students will be able to use their NetID in order to register and use personal
laptops in the 1st and 2nd floor study rooms within the library. Also slated
for this year is the addition of a Dell Network Server and automated file
archiving software to improve file storage, as well as a network infrastructure
server to monitor the library's network and server operations.
Technology Survey Results are in....
And the responses are overwhelmingly positive, indicating that students are
happy with the addition of Microsoft Office software that was implemented
in the Fall of 2003. Also, the latest technology addition, wireless internet
services for students, was viewed as a positive step for library information
systems growth. A web form was used to collect the data from within the library
public use area, with over a hundred responses collected. A warm thank you
to all of the students, staff and faculty that participated in the three
SAPL Approves the Purchase of a Second Circulating Laptop
The Society for Advancement of Poynter Library approved an additional Dell
Latitude laptop for use by student within the library. The initial laptop
that was purchased has been in heavy use since it was implemented in the
Fall of 2003. The addition of a second laptop will help to provide a more
consistent, available service for students wanting to conduct research from
any of our several wireless zones on all floors of the library. For more
information on the laptop and for coverage maps of the library for both the
Circulationg Laptop as well as student owned laptops, please visit the Library
Systems Departmental web page.
VIP Station Replacement Ordered
Our Visually Impaired workroom, located in POY 1--, allows those with visual
impairments to view and listen to web and Microsoft documents through the
use of a computer and special software. Our Student Disability Services Department
will be funding a new Dell computer to enhance these services. Paired with
Zoomtext, the latest screen magnification and reading software, it will be
an important tool for the library and the student community. Also available
in the VIP room is an Aladdin text magnification station, which allows various
print materials to be magnified and displayed on a monitor. The Aladdin machine
is available for use at any time, simple inquire at the reference desk on
the 1st floor of the library.