Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Today - Next Gen Catalog Forum - live streaming and chat!

Today's Next Generation Catalog Forum will provide you with the option to virtually attend, in case you are off campus today (or just too busy to get away from your library or desk ;). GSLIS has provided generous support on this (big thanks to Matt Beth!) so we can test one possible way of offering online access to library events in the future. So stop by in person or on our web page ( today from 2-4pm (Central Time) and learn about the exciting Next Gen Catalogs the library is investigating (as well as give us some feedback on our online event).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"Library Committee Handbook" CMS Conversions

The Library Office of Web Technologies & Content Coordination would like to help library committees with the process of converting their existing content from within the "Library Committee Handbook" portion of the library web site into our CMS (Content Management System). There is a considerable amount of content in this section of our web site that will need to be converted, including committee meeting minutes (over 2,700 files). We know that you're busy, and just keeping up with creating and posting your most recent minutes can be challenging at times, so we want to offer our help in converting your old committee pages over to the CMS.

This conversion process won't at all affect the content you currently have posted. The textual and graphical content of all documents converted and transferred into the CMS will not be changed at all during the conversion process. The only changes that will be made during the conversion process will be to update the underlying (x)html code to insure that all documents in the CMS are valid and accessible. All committees will get to review all conversions before anything is made available to the public. Your committee doesn't need to have CMS training, or access to the CMS, or anything else to take advantage of this conversion process. All you have to do is... nothing! We are offering this as an opt-out service. If you would prefer that our office not convert any of your committee's content into the CMS (because, we hope, you are so eager and excited about doing the conversions yourselves) just send an email to me, Robert Slater ( and let us know.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Come See Robert McChesney and I will personally give you a prize***!

Got your attention now? Come to the ACES Library Heritage Room tomorrow (May 6, 2008) at 3:30 and listen to what's sure to be an engaging lecture by Robert McChesney, "Revolution in the Digital Revolution: We Must Learn from the Past to Rip the Claws of the Past from the Future."

This event is being presented by the Library Colloquium Committee.

A Lecture by Robert McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor Department of Speech Communication and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Date: Tuesday May 6, 4:00 PM. *Refreshments at 3:30 PM*
Location: ACES Library - Heritage Room

For more information on the first Colloquium Committee speaker for 2008, please go to the new UIUC Library Colloquium Committee web page.

This event is free and open to the public, please feel free to pass this information along to other interested parties.

*** Due to budgetary (coffee money!) limitations, the prizes will be similar in content to the Marvel Comics Letter's to the Editor "No-Prize", ;P