Tag Archives: ucsb library

February 1, 2011, 10:50 am

Building A Shared Web Vernacular: A Web Content Style Guide for Academic Libraries

 Drupal has been a huge hump to climb. I wish I was writing today to share news about our website launch, but regrettably we’re still working at it. Still pushing the rock up the hill and dutifully coming back down to try it again when setbacks arrive. This process has been marred with so many unexpected challenges—one day I hope to be able to share this epic tale of determination.


The short version is that we lost two programmers in January so that has stalled our production significantly. Thankfully we've been working all along with a great design firm, PING V, who are Drupal experts. If you are considering moving into Drup I highly recommend them. 


In more positive news… one of the big efforts we’ve made is tackling hundreds of pages that have been written over the years by numerous people and editing them for consistently. This has been a laborious task—getting the…

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July 5, 2010, 6:03 pm

Happy New (Fiscal) Year! A quick review of COUPA

Last month we started using COUPA
as our procurement software. Our business officer has been very determined to
move us away from traditional paper slips and into the digital age of ordering.
It’s definitely the direction we need to go!


One of the really cool features of the software is the
ability to tag items with keywords such as preservation
or publicity to give us a better
sense of budgeting targets and actual expenses.


Everything fits into customized categories, so it will be
great to look back over the year and see exactly who is buying what and when. I
imagine this could lead to bulk ordering in the future along with a more
streamlined inventory.


It’s great too because it gives us an ordering chain with
built-in approvals. So when one of my staff requests something I get an email—I
can approve or deny it—it then goes along to the next level depending on cost. If

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March 4, 2010, 4:15 pm

Speaking Up Against Hate In the Library

Interesting day. Lots of protests and whatnot going down today.

I caught some of the conversation & demonstration during my lunch break. Very passionate opinions were expressed. I’ve been to a few of these now and I’m fascinated in them from an event planning point of view. The thought, planning, and organization that goes into these rallies is immense… especially two weeks before finals. (The message is good too.)

Also in the news is the “noose” down in San Diego. When I first heard this I thought it was connected to the “death of the UC” theme that was very visible around these parts last Fall.

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Coincidentally we have a ‘Speak Up Against Hate’ display on the wall right now. It was planned over a month ago, but it is suddenly very timely with all that is going down regarding racism at UCSD, Irvine, and Davis. This project was a partnership with the Office of…

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