Now that the Library website is live, we need to start referring all students and staff to the new website and not to the University Portal for information about the Library’s services. We need to all-but-remove the word Portal from our vocabulary when we’re talking to students*.
*N.B. I’m only talking about the Library here. Other parts of the University still use the Portal as a vehicle to communicate with students – and even more so with staff, although the whole Portal (University-wide) is due to be replaced with an updated SharePoint system by 2014.
Most Library content on the Portal is now available in some form on the new website. Library Portal content has been replaced by messages redirecting users to the new site. Library Portal sites have been hidden from the main Portal navigation (but permissions have been left in place, so that links from other sites to our Library Portal pages go somewhere meaningful.
- A small number of Library Portal sites still need to be moved across to the new site (or ditched entirely and not replaced): we’re working through these.
- The Databases site on the Portal (which until now we’ve referred to as the “e-Library”) is a special case – this will stay in place for a while longer, until we can replicate it using (probably) LibGuides.
- We’ll also continue to use the Portal for our Library Staff Pages (i.e. as a staff intranet and store for staff documentation). We hope to move this content to the ‘new’ SharePoint/Portal in 2014-
- I’ve updated all the links to the Library from the Portal home page (https://portal.lincoln.ac.uk/), so that they point to our new site. Similarly, links on the University’s corporate website (http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/libraryservices/) have been updated.
- Links to our services on the front page of the library catalogue (HiP)—which are stored in an XML/RSS file—have been updated so that they match (…ish) the top-level navigation options of the new website.
- We still need to look at our presence on Blackboard. We’ll continue to use Blackboard to offer specific, teaching-and-learning-focused services to students and staff.
- All of these changes (and the recent introduction of EZproxy) means we need new, updated guidance on authentication for our users – we’re working on a LibGuide specifically to address authentication problems.