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Welcome Back! Let's get this party started

Fall semester 2015 is in full effect. I am very happy to welcome you all back and look forward to a great semester! Here are some reminders about various things.


One Card Swipe Access

You should have access to the Reference Storage Closet, the Staff Room, Technical Services (the area in where my desk is located), and the Electronic Classroom. Next time you're at work, please go around and check your card access on all these locations. Let me know if it doesn't work... you might need to go up to One Card to get your card re-encoded or your pin reinstated.

Recording Reshelve Stats for Reference Books

If you reshelve reference books, don't forget to record it in our spreadsheet!
If you search in your DonsApps Google Drive, it's a document I shared with you called "Reference Book Usage Stats." There is nothing recorded for August, but I know we've been reshelving things...

New Web Site

Obviously, the USF Web site changed. You probably know a lot about it by now, but here is some official info on the situation.
Info about myUSF, the intranet site
Info about usfca.edu, the public marketing site (and home to the library's web site)

Have you poked around the new library web site? What do you like? What don't you like? Have you had trouble finding anything? Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Frozen iMac procedure

Our perennial struggle with the freezing iMacs returns...
Over the summer ITS re-imaged the iMacs, and installed some scripts to erase user profiles upon log out. This is supposed to address the troubles we've been having, but some iMacs are still freezing :(
If you find a frozen iMac when you're doing your hourly rounds, please record it on the spreadsheet I left at the Reference Desk.
To solve the problem, hold the power button in to turn it off, let it chill, turn it back on, log on with your username, then log out. Logging out will clear the harddrive, which should help it not freeze in the future.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 28th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
I definitely like the aesthetic of the new website but it is awfully confusing to navigate. There's the big banner with Fusion and the hours but then journal finder, reserves, and library records are down and off to the side. And I honestly passed over the databases/books/etc buttons the first couple times because the flashy colors and irrelevant photos (like encyclopedias has a picture of grain) behind them made me think they were for something else till I stopped and read them. Maybe it's just me being stuck in old ways, but the new format was/is a little too...distracted? For me. It seems some things are on top, important others pushed to the side and less relevant stuff taking up the large and middle spaces like the news feed. It would be nice if all the reference/research links were in one place, and news seperate. But at the same time, I don't mean to nag and I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Aug. 28th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
hi andrew, you're right, some of the ways the new web site incorporates images makes it easy to skip over them with your eyes. i think it's because on commercial web sites those same spots are used for advertising which has conditioned the way we use the web

Edited at 2015-08-28 05:26 pm (UTC)
Aug. 28th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
The new library website is very aesthetically pleasing, I think the more modern update looks a lot better. I do think that the layout makes it a bit more difficult to navigate. I had trouble finding the link to create a guest account but after poking around I found it. Even though it can be confusing to find reference resources at first since the buttons are different and some are off to the side, i think after continued use it will get easier.
Aug. 28th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
thanks for your perspective, ariana
Aug. 28th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
I like that the new website is more simplistic and colorful, and as I learn where things are located, I find it to be rather user-friendly. My main complaint, is the sheer size of the banner on the top of the page with the picture of the statue. To me, though the picture is beautiful, I would rather see a link to search in the library catalog and other main uses for the website (maybe the link to add funds to dons dollars for printing). I do love the "Todays Building Hours" feature though!
Aug. 28th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
thanks Grace. most of the library staff also don't like the real estate wasted on the banner image, but that's the new USF standard for the public site
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