Library Systems



Brewer, Tom
Computer Analyst
Library Systems
nottmb@lsu.edu
578-6940


Carrasco, Carlos
Computer Analyst
Library Systems
carrasco@lsu.edu
578-4236


Melancon, Brian
Head, Computer Systems
Library Systems
bmelan1@lsu.edu
578-9427


Waugh, Mike
Systems Librarian
Library Systems
mwaugh2@lsu.edu
578-3330

Last updated by Brian Melancon, Jan 2012

Hours of Service


Normal support hours:

Our hours of regular support are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. During these hours someone will be available to answer calls and respond to problems and requests.

Emergency support hours:

We provide emergency support any time the libraries are open other than our normal support hours. During these hours, at least one person can be contacted by pager and will be available to come in to resolve critical failures. The Office of Computing Serv ices provides support for problems relating to the campus network 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with some exceptions for holidays).

Types of problems eligible for Emergency Support:

We ask that library staff exercise reasonable judgement on the types of problems for which they request emergency support. The types of failures that might require this level of attention might include:
  • Problems with the NT server and its databases, web server.
  • Problems which cause a critical library resource not to be available to library users.
  • Problems which interrupt the ability to perform circulation of materials to users.
  • Major failures which prevent library staff from accomplishing their work.
  • Any other problem which would be classifed as a "Priority 1" problem by our regular criteria.

After-hours numbers:

Contact: Number
Brian Melanconemail
OCS Help Desk578-3375

Last updated by Brian Melancon, Spet. 2014

Service Priorities


Library Systems aims to provide effective responses to all requests it receives. It is not possible to respond to and resolve each request immediately. We must allocate our time and resources according to the relative priority of all pending requests and projects. In assessing priorities we give first consideration to problems that impact the libraries' services to patrons. Next comes resolution of problems that affect library staff. The implementation of new systems, services, or features ranks below other tasks. In assessing the relative priorities, we follow these guidelines:

Priority Description Response Time
One Any problem which affects multiple public access stations, problems which prevent the circulation of library materials to users, or those that affect the availability of any critical resource for library users.
Other tasks within this priority include those that affect multiple tasks for multiple library staff. Examples might include a failed network server, an interrupted network segment, disruption of email delivery, or a problem which interrupts access to Unicorn.
Immediate. All resources available used to report or resolve these problems as quickly as possible.
Two A problem which affects a single task for multiple users ranks as a second priority task. This level of problem does not completely keep any given staff member from working since other applications are available. For example, if a group of users reports that no member of the group is able to use OCLC, although all other programs are functioning well, we consider it a second priority task. Problems that affect multiple tasks for a single user would be second priority. This type of problem prevents the person from doing his or her work. Same-day response when possible. Problems in this category reported at the end of the day will be resolved the next day.
Three We place problems that affect a single type of task for a single user into this category. For example, a library staff member might report that his/her word processing software is not functioning but that all other programs are operational. If the function affected is vital to the performance of his or her job, it will be ranked as a second level priority. Five business days. While many of the problems in this category may be resolved within a day or even the same day, we may often need to delay our response to attend to higher priority requests.
Four Requests for the installation of new hardware or software, the implementation of new systems or services, or enhancements to existing systems. Support for existing functions takes priority over requests for new ones. Fourth priority items can usually be scheduled in advance and implemented after less pressing tasks have been completed. Requests in this category need to be scheduled as far in advance as possible. The response time for these requests will be negotiated with the libraries on a case-by-case basis. Many of these requests involve budget approval by department heads or from the Dean.

Please address any questions about how Library Systems assesses priorities to Brian Melancon. We are always interested in feedback from library staff on this issue.

Last updated by Brian Melancon, Feb 2012

Library Widgets


These web-based widgets will bring our resources to you.


Discovery Search for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome

Search Discovery directly from your browser by adding this search provider to your browser.

Add Discovery to your browser.

Internet Explorer: In Internet Explorer you will be able to select Discovery by clicking the search magnifying glass and then selecting the icon for Discovery (which is the E for EBSCO Discovery Service), as shown.

Firefox: In Firefox, current versions of the browser do not have a separate search box. To add the search provider, edit the toolbar and drag the search box into the toolbar. You will be able to select Discovery from the search provider dropdown option in the search box.


Google Chrome: In Chrome, the Discovery search will be added as a search shortcut. Thus clicking the link will bring up a dialog to add Discovery to the search shortcut. Be sure to change the keyword to something you will recognize, such as discovery.


To search, type in the keyword, such as discovery, in the address bar. Then the address bar will become a search bar with the prompt, Search Discovery: displayed. Then type your search query.



Library Catalog Keyword Search Bookmark

Add this bookmark to your browser for a quick keyword search of the Libraries catalog. Highlight text on a web page, click the bookmark, and search results will open in a separate window.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari: Drag this Keyword Library Lookup link to your bookmarks toolbar.

Internet Explorer: Right-click this Keyword Library Lookup link, click Add to Favorites, select Favorites Bar from Create in drop-down menu, click Add.


Library Catalog xISBN Search Bookmark

Add this bookmark to your browser for a quick and easy ISBN search of the Libraries catalog. While displaying a web page that includes an ISBN, click the bookmark and search results will open in a separate window. Great for use on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books websites.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari: Drag this xISBN Library Lookup link to your bookmarks toolbar.

Internet Explorer: Right-click this xISBN Library Lookup link, click Add to Favorites, select Favorites Bar from Create in drop-down menu, click Add.


Library Catalog Search Plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer


Add this search plugin to your web browser for a quick and easy way to search the LSU Libraries catalog.

Install plugin for Firefox or Internet Explorer.







LibX for LSU Libraries

Install this add-on to get a LSU LibX search button that provides searching, off-campus access to electronic resources, and more. LibX 2.0 works in Firefox and Google Chrome. Learn more about LibX.




Proxy Bookmark

Add this bookmark to your browser for access to the library proxy. While viewing a page that does not recognize you as being affiliated with LSU, click the bookmark to reload the page via the proxy. This allows you to view the page as though you were on campus, giving you access to licensed materials. If you have not already authenticated via the proxy, you will be prompted for your Tiger card or LSUID number and your PIN.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari: Drag this Proxy Bookmark to your bookmarks toolbar.

Internet Explorer: Right-click this Proxy Bookmark link, click Add to Favorites, select Favorites Bar from Create in drop-down menu, click Add.

Safari Mobile: To install while using your iPhone, tap this link and then follow the instructions on the resulting page.


WorldCat Local Keyword Search Bookmark

Add this bookmark to your browser for a quick keyword search of WorldCat Local. Highlight text on a web page, click the bookmark, and search results will open in a separate window.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari: Drag this WorldCat Local Lookup link to your bookmarks toolbar.

Internet Explorer: Right-click this WorldCat Local Lookup link, click Add to Favorites, select Favorites Bar from Create in drop-down menu, click Add.


WorldCat Local Plus Bookmark

Add this bookmark to your browser for three quick WorldCat Local searches:
  • If you are looking at a book in Amazon, click the bookmark and WorldCat Local will search for that book.
  • If you are not on the Amazon website and have text selected, click the bookmark and WorldCat Local will search for the selected text.
  • If you are not on the Amazon website and you do not have any text selected, click the bookmark for a pop-up WorldCat Local search box.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari: Drag this WorldCat Local Plus link to your bookmarks toolbar.

Internet Explorer: Right-click this WorldCat Local Plus link, click Add Add to Favorites, select Favorites Bar from Create in drop-down menu, click Add.