Tenth Anniversary of the Library Website
Far back in the mists of ancient time, in the great and glorious days of the
Twentieth Century, life was wild, rich, and largely running on stone knives and bearskins.
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when
there were no cellphones, DVDs, MP3 players, instant messaging,
Google, or even a world wide web - to a time when the internet itself had only recently been invented by
Al Gore (and a mere eleven percent of people in America had even used it).
The fateful year was 1995. The Information Technology Department - then
called the Academic Computing Center - had only recently brought internet access to the campus,
but the B. Davis Schwartz
Memorial Library was already there, preparing for the next technological leap in services
to the Long Island University community.
In those days, spirits were brave, the stakes were high, and surfing the net was a
text only affair on a browser called Gopher. But there
were hushed rumors that something more was coming. Sensing that this was the wave of
the future, we at the library (okay, it was just me) began experimenting with the now familiar
- but then strange - hypertext mark-up language. In September 1995, this was the very first version
of the library website:
Everyone hated it, so it never saw the light of day.
But, after many more experimental designs, most so bad that I won't offend your eyes with them here,
the library website finally went live on December 4, 1995:
For the next seven years, it would continue with this same basic look -
only the background graphic being changed to a more refined white with
gray specks - but its content would continually grow, the eight main subject
headings evolving to the twelve that are listed today. As new
technologies became available, the Electronic Resources section expanded
Electronic Reserves, and
The original About the Library
...that at first offered very little actual information about the library, now provides a
much fuller picture and has been joined by a companion section, called
Library Resources, that describes
the library's many collections and (you guessed it) resources.
And, while there had always been many
Library Services that were made available
to students and faculty...
...they were not yet well represented on the webpage.
(A click on the links or images will show you the current versions)
But perhaps the biggest area of expansion, besides the addition
of online resources that did not even exist back in 1995, was in the Publications
section that started out with a mere twelve items - only nine of which were actually linked -
and a promise of "More coming soon"...
...to a list of over 175 webpages that have been divided into three sections.
Library Newsletters keep you up to date on
library news, resources, and services. Getting Started
provides guides to doing different kinds of library research, pathfinder bibliographies
for many subjects (to help give you a head start in finding sources of information), and examples
of the different citation styles (so that you can properly cite those sources when writing your
papers). And the encyclopedic Information/Publications,
written by our librarians, offers pages on a variety of topics from African American history to illuminated
manuscripts to Long Island demographics to baby pandas.
In 2002, there was a university-wide redesign of all webpages to create a more
consistent look, and the library followed suit to the design it bears
The What's New at the Library page
had been added years earlier to indicate which pages were new or updated, but, in 2005, it was
expanded into a blog-like format to fill in the gaps between newsletters, enabling
the Long Island University community to be immediately informed about new resources
and services as soon as they become available. It also regularly provides news, tips, and
tricks to help students and faculty make the
most out of their academic experience ... with more coming soon.
To see more changes that have occurred in the library over
past few years, check out the Library Renovations page.