Hi, Tim.


At this point, we don’t perform any pre-moderation (aside from the captcha) before a “comment” goes live.  Also, we haven’t created email notifications for when we receive new comments yet…  but everything is going into a database, of course, which both me and the programmer in our department, Michael Reece, will occasionally look at (if we see something that we’d like to remove from public display, we just change one value in the table and that will “hide” the comment). 


This is essentially the same procedure that we follow for allowing comments and tags to our digital collections site (http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/).  In fact, on that site we initially didn’t even require a captcha for adding tags, but once one of our objects was spammed, we decided to enforce that as well.  Here’s an example of a tagged image, http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/search.aspx?q=Gold%20Bond&index=tag (but this wasn’t the one that was spammed).   Essentially, I think that we follow a basic, common sense approach, and we address issues as they arise (i.e., we don’t go into the detail of creating something like a “response assessment” chart, like the one featured here, http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/usaf-blog-respo/ , but we may refer to something like that in the future if the need arises).  Also, we do create a weekly report of comments for this site, so we will probably start creating a weekly report of comments for our EAD site, as well, once/if we receive more comments.


Additionally, some of the in-house feedback has requested that we enable tagging of the collection guides, so that staff and/or department faculty could “tag” collection guides with the course numbers of classes, providing an easier way to direct their students to certain collections (we haven’t done that yet, but I think that it would be a great idea…  especially if we could then push those links out to a blackboard page, libguides page, etc.).






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Nice looking site!  I’m interested in the notes section.  Do you have a mechanism either automated or not to moderate and check what people put in those shared notes?






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Subject: EAD website redesign at East Carolina University


East Carolina University is pleased to announce that our EAD-driven website for Special Collections and University Archives has been completely redesigned:




This redesign provides enhanced integration with our digital collections repository, additional browsing options, and advanced search options that facilitate the construction of complex queries.  Just how complex, you might reasonably wonder?  Well, here’s an example, http://bit.ly/cRY2Bs, which performs a search for the word “outdoor” within 3 words of “theat??” anywhere in the document, as long as that document has a Library of Congress Subject Heading applied to it that contains the word “arts” (and, to think, if we didn’t apply that last condition, our retrieval set would triple in size!). 


Any suggestions and comments are welcome.  Feedback can also be provided via the Kampyle feedback form, which is accessible from any page of the website by clicking on the orange image in the lower right-hand corner.



Mark Custer

Markup and Text Coordinator

Joyner Library

Digital Collections

East Carolina University