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CSU library to launch new web site

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Anyone who bookmarked any of the pages linked to Clayton State University Library's web site, will have to correct them next week when the library's online presence gets a new look.

The web site has been getting a facelift, and the redesigned site will be launched by the university on July 15, Clayton State Spokesman John Shiffert said in a written statement.

As a result, the web addresses for every page linked to the site's main page will change, Shiffert said. Only the main page's web address, which is http://adminservices.clayton.edu/library, will remain the same.

Library Administrative Assistant Kara Mullen said in addition to the web address changes, users of the site can expect to find that some other things will be different as well.

"Users will notice some of their favorite resources have been moved," Mullen said in a statement. "Users can [also] use the library's chat service from the home page, or the new 'Ask a Librarian' web page to ask for help in locating familiar resources they have used for their research."

Among the changes planned for the site, according to an information page on the library's web site, are new names for three areas:

· The "Universal Catalog" will become the GIL Express Catalog.

· "Other Databases" will become CSU Databases.

· "GIL@CSU" will be renamed CSU Catalog.

The three sections, along with "New Materials," "GALILEO" and "GALILEO Password," will be listed on a drop-down menu under the "Search and Find" tab at the top of the redesigned site. There will be two other drop-down menus on the web site: "Library Services" and "About the library."

Under the "Library Services" tab, users will find links that will take them to the areas for archives and special collections; circulation; course reserves; GIL Express; interlibrary loan; library instruction; rush processing, and the "Ask a Librarian" feature, according to the library's online information page.

Under the "About the Library" tab, there will be links that lead users to information about the library's hours of operation; staff directory; policies; mission statement; technical services information; a welcome from Library Director Gordon Baker, and a page that will tell people how to contact library staff members.

Mullen said library staff members are encouraging Clayton State students, and others who use the revamped web site, to provide feedback through an online comment feature that will a part of the web site.