Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Early Christmas Gift: Extended Hours!

Hello, Library Patrons! Just wanted to let you guys know that we have extended our hours - including adding a day! - in consideration of all the cramming - er, I mean, preparing and studying you guys will be doing for finals! You can see the updated schedule on the Library's website, but we also wanted to post it here:

Friday, November 30: 7:30am - 6pm

Saturday, December 1: 10am - 6pm

Sunday, December 2: 10am - 1am

There will be reference librarians here all day Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 9pm Sunday to help you! Starting Monday, December 3, and continuing on until Thursday, December 6, the Library will be open until 1am instead of midnight. Come on by, get your study on!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Note:  Off Campus access of online journals and catalogs, (ULM Music Catalog) are now working.  When off campus, go to the ULM Library Web-site: http://www.ulm.edu/library, click on the journal or catalog needed, sign in using your SSN or Student Number as USER and birth month birth year, mm/yy as PASSWORD.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Update: Library Resources Back Up!

Okidoki, Library Patrons, our resources are back up and running. We thank you for your patience! If you should encounter any problems, don't hesitate to contact us!

Oops - Sorry, Library Patrons!

If you're currently trying to access our catalog or our databases, you may have some trouble if you're on campus. If you're off-campus, things seem to be working fine. We're not sure what the problem is, but we've contacted the proper people, and hopefully they'll get it up and running soon. Until then - sorry, Library Patrons!

Update! Apparently, some maintenance was done on the "backbone" of Internet access in the state, and this maintenance has caused the outage of our resources. The Computing Center has reported the problem to LaNet, and they are addressing the problem. Hopefully this will all be resolved very soon!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Safari: What the heck?

I've just discovered now that this blog looks completely different in Safari:

I'm a little baffled by this. Shouldn't blogger look the same in every browser? Even IE does it the right way. I'll try to fix it, if I can.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Reference page demos

I've sort of finished some candidates for the long-promised reference page (sorry it took so long). I've consolidated all the reference pages, removed some pedantic language, and added new elements. If these designs turn out to be any good, I'll use them for other pages I plan to make (the department page, ILL page, etc.) It is mostly html, but has some CSS use.

I've made 3 versions (All of them work in IE now):
#3 151 kb total
#2 188 kb total
#1 198 kb totall
I like the first and last ones the most. Let me know which you think is the least ugly. Or if they all are. There's a poll to the right. Anyone may provide input!

My reasoning here is:

- it's distinctly different from other ULM web pages
- it looks fairly modern
- websites are marketing tools. Someone who has never been here or doesn't know what Reference is will get first impressions here.
- I wanted it to appear friendly
- The images in the margins break up the extra space at high resolutions, but the middle column is 700px across, so it can be viewed at low resolutions (some blogs like this one do this, and better too)

My dream was to make something that looked like this Biola University page. But I think it's beyond my skill level right now.

(this is cross-posted on the Library Web Page Committee blog )