Monthly Archives: June 2011

Alumni Guest Accounts

As we prepare for the launch of the new WiFi service in the library, we are examining how repeat “guest” users may be more easily accommodated.  Alumni constitute an important segment of this user population.  In the past three years the library created 3,773 guest accounts (with a 24 hour expiration) for 825 alumni users.  The data suggest that the assignment of accounts to all alumni may not be worthwhile.  Fifty-six percent of the alumni guest account users were “one-time-only” users.  Eighty-four percent of the users obtained a guest account 1 to 5 times over three years.  It may make more sense to reach out to frequent users and provide them with accounts that have longer service periods.  Only 21 users averaged at least one use per month over three years and one user was responsible for 6% of the total accounts issued.

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Next Tech Sharecase on Friday, June 10, To Discuss Website Design

The next get together of the Tech Sharecase will be on Friday, June 10. At the last meeting, we had a great discussion of the issue of excessive printing by students, faculty, and staff on campus and ways that we could move to being less reliant on paper printouts. You can read notes from that meeting as well as all the previous ones by visiting the tag for “Tech Sharecase” on this blog.

Since the themed meetings have been working well, I thought that at this Friday’s meeting we could talk about any aspect of website design that has our attention on that day. It would be great if you could bring to the meeting at least one example of a notable college or library website that exemplifies something important we should keep in mind as the Newman Library’s website gets redesigned.

Hope to see you this Friday!

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Tech Sharecase, 27 May 2011

Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Curtis Izen, Ellen Kaufman, Rita Ormsby, Bruce Small, Mike Waldman, Kevin Wolff

Today’s meeting was a discussion of ways we could cut back on the amount of printing by students, faculty, and staff on campus. We started off by looking at student printing and whether the file types most commonly printed–Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF. We considered a variety of ideas and issues:

  • what if we could distribute more e-reader devices that would hold all the items on reserve (copyright issues would likely ensue)?
  • students want to annotate and highlight what they read, which is easy to do if they have printed copies; what software programs do we have now that easily allow students to markup electronic files as they read and then save that annoated version? can annotations made in Adobe Acrobat Reader be saved or do you need to use a separate PDF reader to get that function?
  • can we tinker with the default printing options for PowerPoint files so they automatically print out multiple slides on page (probably n0t)?
  • can we reward students in some way if they have still have unused print credits at the end of the semester?
  • can faculty who expect students to bring printed copies of PowerPoint slide sets to class find other ways to have the material in front of students during class?
  • if we had Blackboard set up so it would work on mobile devices, would that encourage more students to download course handouts, etc. on their phones for reading instead of printing them?
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Typography Treatment in New Web Site

Below is the typography treatment that will be used in the Library’s new web site.


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