Friday, December 21, 2007

Dear Santa

I have been a very good girl, and my colleagues in the libraries have been very good as well. We've all been so good, in fact, that I thought I'd send a rather substantial list this year.

We would like,

  • More opportunities to teach information literacy
  • More requests for books from students and faculty
  • Even more new computers
  • Even more encounters with the exceptionally bright and friendly WSU students and faculty
  • A stronger connection to the community of Pullman and of Washington State
  • Some time to read some of the fabulous books and journals we order
  • A coffee shop in the library buildings
  • No more journal cancellations, ever
  • Free printing for all WSU students
  • The uncanny ability to design usable, easily navigable web pages
  • An X-server for our metasearch engine
  • 28 hour days
  • Health and happiness for 2008
  • and a pony
Thanks very much. Enjoy the milk and cookies.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Almost like Christmas

Yesterday, a mystery package showed up at my doorstep - the best kind of mystery package, since it had a book inside. After wondering briefly who would have sent me such a nice advanced readers' copy of There's No Place Like Here, by Cecilia Ahern, I realized that I have managed to snag on of LibraryThing's early reviewers books. Huzzah! I get to review fiction! I'll post the review here as soon as I've finished it for LibraryThing. Incidentally, Ahern has a degree in journalism, so this is very nearly work-related.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New look for the Libraries' home page

It's taken us a while to get there, but WSU Libraries are moving our home page into WSU's new web template. The new look will go live in early January, and will look pretty much like this:

As you can see, the move to the new template pretty much mimics what's on our current home page. The Libraries' Web Working Group is also currently working on an in-depth redesign of the web site that will involve more content and organizational changes. We want to make sure to get that redesign right, so we're taking it slow, but there should be more positive changes in our web site's future.

I hope you like the new look. We think it's a big improvement.