Technology Upgrades Keep Us Busy All Year

FY2016 was the year of the technology upgrade as library staff worked to upgrade servers, revise websites, and transition database and other information services to new platforms. Although unglamorous, they require a great deal of behind the scenes work before we "go live" and involve library staff on all levels. These upgrades resulted in a new and improved service to our users. And a big THANK YOU to UHV Technology Services for their help.

  • Library Web Servers - Both library websites, the main one and Regional History Center, were rewritten into the .NET software platform, transitioning us away from Cold Fusion. Grant Shaw, Web Services Librarian and Warren Diprose, Web Developer at UHV Tech Services were the leads on that one.
  • Proxy Server - Proxy service provides access to the library's web-based subscription services to users from home and other off-campus locations. This year we replaced the server and upgraded the proxy software (EzProxy) to the latest version. Jennifer Foster, Electronic Resources Librarian, managed that project before moving to Washington State.
  • LibCal - This is the booking software for our study rooms. We upgraded the software to a new version and added capability to book more rooms. Grant Shaw, Laurie Neuerburg, Media Librarian, and Lori Williamson, Head of Access and Reference Services worked to put this new software into place.
  • Chat - We migrated to a new chat software program. This project was managed by Grant and Lori.
  • Online catalog - We moved the Library Online Catalog to a new software platform. The new platform, EBSCO EDS, has several new features - relevancy ranking of search results and the ability to refine results by library collection. The online catalog project was managed by Karen Locher, Associate Director and Tami Wisofsky, Electronic Resources Librarian.
  • Open URL Resolver and Journals A-Z - Open URL Resolvers provide links with one database to the full text contained in another database. We were able to take advantage of some cost reduction as well as add functionality to this behind-the-scenes software. Super technical but essential. Karen and Tami were also the project team on this one.