New Special Collections Web site

January 25th, 2010 by Gina Costello

On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, the LSU Libraries will begin rolling out a new, improved Special Collections website, thanks to the hard, smart work of Angela VandenBroek, Sigrid Kelsey, and Gina Costello, assisted by many other staff members. We hope our users will like new look and new organization!

At present most of the content is the same, with some additions thanks to various staff members. We will continue updating, adding to, and improving the content over the next several months.

If you have pages bookmarked from the old site you may get 404 (page not found) messages, because many of the pages have been rearranged and renamed. But the content you are looking for is still there, and we hope in a logical place (at least, that’s what we intended to do!).

Other changes coming soon:

  • The subject guides for manuscripts will soon be in a database, with nifty searching features.
  • More databases will be online – a searchable database for the Senator Breaux’s papers, for example, and in due course a searchable database for the Gandy photograph collection, and an improved database for the Louisiana Newspaper Webindex.
  • More finding aids will be online – they’re being added weekly, as they are reformatted (sometimes from documents typed on a manual typewriter!).
  • We’ll have a new online introduction to using Special Collections.

If you discover any glaring glitches or want to suggest additional content, please send a note to Elaine Smyth, Head of Special Collections.

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