By Stacey Knight-Davis
Eastern Illinois University
Earlier this year, Booth Library received a Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Booth Library provides services for programs in health physics, psychology, biology, health education, communication disorders, and nutrition. Booth also serves an online RN to BSN nursing program, and the library’s website is the only point of access to health information for these distance education nursing students. Along with programs directly related to heath and biomedical sciences, we serve the needs of our education students seeking information on school health and children with disabilities. We also provide general consumer health materials and reference services.
The primary goal of the project was to replace the library’s web server, which was five years old when the award application was submitted. The server purchased with award fund was built with sufficient processing power, storage space and memory s to run several ‘virtual’ servers at the same time. With virtualization, different operating systems can run as different virtual machines on the same physical server. The single machine purchased with the award currently hosts two web servers and a secured file transfer server for patron record maintenance. While the web server for the library’s main website runs Windows Server 2008, a second web server runs in the Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) environment. The first project for the new LAMP server was Map It, an open source call number mapping system designed by the Wayne State University Library System. Map It allows users to generate a customized map showing the location of an item by entering a call number. Within our building, health information is located in at least eight locations, spread over four floors in a building of 165,000 square feet. While help locating materials is available at several services desks, those who may be embarrassed to ask for help can find materials independently with Map It.
Map It is linked to the Online Catalog and the “Map of the Library” page in the library’s website. Map It is also available on the library’s mobile website. The mobile version of Map It has become the third most commonly used page on the mobile site. The mobile site is also hosted on the LAMP server provided by the Technology Improvement Award.