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Princeton University Library. History of Web Presence Started 1994/5 when Mosaic browser introduced Co-existed with gopher in early years Major design revision in 1997 Standardized our diverse menu interfaces to our various public services and databases. Princeton University Library.

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Princeton University Library

  • History of Web Presence

    • Started 1994/5 when Mosaic browser introduced

    • Co-existed with gopher in early years

    • Major design revision in 1997

    • Standardized our diverse menu interfaces to our various public services and databases

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Goals of Web site

    • Web as Front Door to the Library

    • Presents information about Library’s services, locations, hours, collections, and staff

    • Serves as the principal point of access for the Library’s Main Catalog, other catalogs, and digital collections (2500 electronic journals, 400 electronic databases, growing ebooks)

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Goals (continued)

    • Provides Library User Interactive Services

      • Interlibrary Loan requests and tracking

      • Reference questions

      • Recall books, requests from Annexes and Storage

      • Electronic document delivery, etc.

    • Provides tutorials on how to do research at Princeton

    • Intranet - staff information, user documentation

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton U. Library

“New Model” Library Web sites

Brown

Chicago

Columbia

Harvard

Penn

Wisconsin

Princeton University Library

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Web Infrastructure

    • Original server was an IBM RS6000

    • Currently using Dell PowerEdge 2300 LINUX server for main web server

    • Several Library Web sites/functions on different computers, including NTs

    • Manage servers in-house - easier to maintain and make immediate changes when needed

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Site maintenance

    • 1 1/2 FTE devoted to technical maintenance

    • Other Library Staff mostly manage their own content

    • Branch libraries manage their own sites - some on the Library servers, some on CIT servers

    • Occasional assistance from student employees

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Site development

    • Initial design by Library staff (2-3 part time) with implementation by a summer student

    • Current site design, committee of 12, 3-4 staff maintain the backend

    • Search engine from UC Berkeley Libraries - more specific than PU Web site search engine

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Site development (continued)

    • New Design review under way

    • Electronic journals backend just rebuilt using ASP

    • Will move to more use of dynamic pages, built on the fly

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Internal Goals for Near Term

    • Major redesign of Web site

    • Upgrade and add more Web services

    • Web content management part of staff job responsibility

    • Having correct and up-to-date information at all times

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Princeton University Library

  • Resources needed in short term

    • Graphic design assistance

    • Staff training

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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Samples of Content

  • http://libweb.princeton.edu/

  • http://libweb.princeton.edu/databases/

  • http://libnt6000.princeton.edu/ejournals/by_title.asp

  • http://libweb.princeton.edu/digital_collections/index.html#data

  • http://libweb.princeton.edu/contact/

An Overview of the Princeton University Web - Library


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