A New Interface!

Hello I-SPIE! This is the new I-SPIE website. The web committee felt that the old website did not have enough functionality and was not very user friendly. This new site, powered by WordPress, will have all the old content from the previous websites and will have new features such as comments and a community blog to provide a steady stream of content. We want the website to be more than just a place to drop off statistics, we want it to be a place to continue the conversations started at the yearly conference.

With the new blogging feature we hope everyone will post at some point. To maintain a consistent format the web committee asks that you send us an email with a text file of your post and any pictures you would like added, or drop them in the community Google Drive (Instructions on the “submit” page). We will then upload the post. We cannot stress enough that we will not edit the post for content. It will be your words in your voice.

Types of things we would like to see in the blog:

  • Campus highlights: once a month we can write a blog post about the history of one school and their library. Add pictures of the library and show the current staff. Speaking of staff…
  • New staff introductions: when a new staff member is hired we can ask them to write a post introducing themselves to I-SPIE and again this would be a great opportunity for pictures. They can tell us what their job is and what they did before applying to a CSU ILL department. They can also let us know anything they want to share: hobbies, children, pets, passions, etc.
  • Goodbyes: Sometimes I-SPIE members retire or get a new job. A farewell post showing everything they’ve accomplished and what their future plans are would be a nice way to say goodbye for people outside their campus.
  • A Weekly Writer: People can share their department’s achievements (we just got reusable book bands!) and share great sources of information and new ideas (This year at ALA I learned that… for more information read this “link”).

Please let us know your thoughts and share any new ideas.

-Chris Lee

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One thought on “A New Interface!

  1. Well, that does take a little of the fun out of it. I was thinking we could respond directly. I also put out a few ideas via email that might be valuable topics to get some opinions on. I won’t recreate the email here, but one of my favorites is Purchase on Demand. I know several of you are already doing some sort of purchase on demand in your library. Chances are it is not as free- wheeling as I’d like to see in the future. Along with Alma I believe we could incorporate ILL budgets and standards so we would be able to make the decision on the spot whether it should be purchased or borrowed. The new collection may have only one or two copies of each title, so if it is new and there are zero copies, that will be pretty easy to spot. The subjects can be determined ahead of time with your collection development people depending on what topics are trending on campus at the time. Price limits should probably be kept within reason, say $150 limit, so if we make a real bone head decision it’s not too terrible.

    This would move Resource Sharing closer to the Collection Development side of the libraries. I believe that would also keep our skill level growing, making us more valuable, and hopefully, making more money. This is not something new. Other libraries have been doing this very successfully for years. As a matter of fact, statistically speaking, books purchased on demand have a higher check-out rate over their lifetime than those books chosen by bibliographers. We are on the front line of seeing what patrons are wanting

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