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Subject: ALCTS/PARS Preservation Education and Outreach Discussion Group

ALCTS/PARS Preservation Education and Outreach Discussion Group

From: Margit Smith <mjps>
Date: Friday, February 16, 1996
The ALCTS/PARS Preservation Education and Outreach Discussion Group
met at the Midwinter Conference in San Antonio for two hours to
discuss the subject: Establishing Homepages for Preservation
Departments. A quick survey showed that most of the attendees had
either already established a homepage, or were in the planning, or
implementing stage of homepage design.

Guest speaker Normandy Helmer (Head of Preservation and Binding)
related her experiences with establishing a homepage for the
University of Oregon (Eugene) Preservation Department. She detailed
her involvement from planning to implementing the page and passed
around an inclusive handout.

Her presentation raised many questions and concerns and the ensuing
discussion covered such areas as design and input from outside the
department; standards as to what what can/must be included; who
plans and actually composes the page; who maintains/updates; what
type of material is included, e.g. practical preservation
information, and/or links to other sites; amount of graphics
included; the intended audience and its expectations.

In response to the large number of library homepages which varied
widely in their design, style and content, the University of
Wisconsin-Madison's User Documentation Working Group established
standards which are now in effect throughout the campus libraries.
They address content, design and procedure/technique. A copy of
these standards was handed out.

The Discussion Group members felt this topic was of sufficient
interest to be continued at the Annual Conference in New York. For
that session I will call for volunteers who have established, or are
in the process of establishing a homepage, to show and briefly
discuss their homepage.

Anyone who was not at the meeting but is interested in the handouts,
please contact me, and I will be glad to send you a copy.

Margit J. Smith
Head of Cataloging
University of San Diego
Copley Library

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:60
                   Distributed: Monday, March 4, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-9-60-005
Received on Friday, 16 February, 1996

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