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Task Force on Doe/Moffitt Web Subject Page Issues

Charge | Clarification of Charge


Background: Now that the current Doe/Moffitt subject web page configuration has been in practice for several years, a number of issues have risen which need revisiting. One of the most important issues is making Doe/Moffitt subject pages more visible to our users and thus more helpful. Another important issue is the lack of an efficient process for the quick maintenance of page features which require routine upkeep (e.g. New Acquisitions Lists).

Charge: The DMSelect Committee is asking the Task Force to examine ways which will:

  1. Promote better visibility of the Doe/Moffitt subject web pages
  2. Create processes that will make the updating of web pages more efficient.
  3. Improve the subject page template in order to make the information it contains more easily accessible. A standardized format for subject pages should be maintained.

In the DMSelect meeting there were a number of suggestions for the improvement of subject pages and their maintenance. These included creating personal pages for selectors which will point to relevant subject pages, providing URL.s on business cards, investigating automated processes created by web designers outside of Doe/Moffitt, and highlighting digital resources currently contained in the Electronic Resource Finder, etc.

The Task Force should regularly report their progress to DMSelect as well as ask its members for suggestions and assistance when needed. A report should be delivered to the Chairs of DMSelect by September 1, 2007.

Members of the Task Force:

Mari Miller
Claude Potts
Jim Ronningen
Tim Dennis (web updater, technical support)

Clarification of Charge via Email 7/19/2007 from Urbanic & Cochran

Dear Subject Page Task Force members,

Myrtis and I have received and discussed your request for an extension to December 1st for your report back to DMSelect. While we feel that some of the analysis that you wish to pursue might be beneficial if we were planning a general overhaul of the subject web pages, they appear to us to go beyond the scope of what we hoped the Task Force would achieve.

The two primary goals, and perhaps the charge should have stated these more precisely, were 1) to figure out ways that the template could be tweaked so that important information selectors felt could not be poured into the current template structure could find a place there and 2) discover avenues that would make the pages more visible to our clientele. We were not trying to initiate a usability study of the template itself.

Our intention was that the subject page owners should be the people you consult for ideas and we did not have in mind focus groups, surveys, etc. of groups outside the library. It also appears to us that the ambitious course you have outlined would not be achievable even with your suggested new deadline, so we would like to limit the project as much as possible to the current deadline of September 1 and the goals described above.

If it is the case that summer absences (vacations, conferences, etc.) have impeded progress, we could extend the current deadline to October 1st.

It is obvious that you have given the functionality of the web pages a great deal of thought, so as part of your report, please include what you feel should be the next steps toward making the subject web pages a more useful tool for our patrons.

Myrtis and Allan

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