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 Tuesday, August 11, 2009 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


New A to Z Directory a powerhouse of information
by Kenna Bruner, University Communications

The CU-Boulder A to Z Directory, produced by University Communications, is leveraging advancements in Web-based technologies to become a comprehensive online resource for navigating the university's colleges, schools, departments and organizations.

Until recently, keeping the online directory up-to-date was a time consuming process based on annual updates to the printed University of Colorado at Boulder Campus Directory. Today, designated department liaisons are responsible for making their own updates to department information by logging in and revising their directory content any time during the year.

“As technology changes we look at ways to streamline the process for this project,” said Joanna Bertrand, project lead for the online directory.

“A to Z is becoming the single, one-stop shopping place to get a lot of information about the campus and the departments,” said Jason Forbes, who programmed the online directory. “We're just at the beginning of the possibilities.”

The A to Z Directory is not just an online version of the printed campus directory, but a foundation onto which more information and functionality will be added.

This summer a new feature is in development that will merge the information in A to Z with the Office of Faculty Affairs database that holds information on the research being conducted on campus. When launched, the feature will enable users to search the directory for faculty research interests by college, school, discipline, department or individual. Eventually, users will be able to search the directory for faculty publications, awards, CVs and classes they have taught.

"The campus has long wanted the ability to be able to locate faculty according to research interest, and this new tool will enable us to do just that," said Jeffrey Cox, associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs. "For example, we could find everyone on campus, independent of field, who was concerned with water issues in Colorado."

“There is currently not a single place to go to see what research is being done at the university,” said Forbes. “The A to Z is the tree on which we can hang metadata and other bits of information--a lot of information.”

How to find it? Click "A to Z" in the navigation bar at the top of most CU-Boulder pages (including this one) or click here >>

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