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UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health webpage changes URL

GraziaManzotti14 August 2018

Dear Colleagues,

with the move to Drupal our  the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health webpage has changed URL, so if you are linking to us please update your links. This is our new page:


I have redesigned it and I am aware there are still problems with some linked PDFs as they disappeared with the move to drupal due to new ICH naming conventions and  problems few pages. I will sort them out as soon as possible, but I am also helping with the general ICH website and I have been asked to prioritise other pages first.

I just wanted to notify the URL change

Kind Regards






Goodbye Silva, hello Drupal – new CMS for the library website

Chris SCarrington30 July 2018

This summer the Library Services public website will be migrating to UCL’s new Content Management System called Drupal, as part of ISD’s project to replace the current system, Silva.

The next step of the migration will be to have a snapshot of the website taken and used to form a sandbox site for testing. In order to do this, there will be no Silva editing from 3pm on Friday 3rd August, effective for up to 2 weeks.

During this content freeze, the web team will still be able to access Silva so any urgent updates can still be made, e.g. news items, changes to service. Please send these to lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk

Leading up to this, we kindly ask Silva authors to send any approval requests by Thursday 2nd August to ensure we can get the changes published before the content freeze.

We thank you in advance for your patience and further progress on the migration will be posted in due course.

Some web services unavailable, 08:00 Thursday 1st June

Chris SCarrington30 May 2017

On Thursday 1st June ISD are performing maintenance on the UCL MySQL service, between 08:00 – 08:30.
MySQL is the online database that a number of our websites connect to.

During this period a number of services will not work:

Library public website

  • A-Z of the library web page
  • Current seating availability (this includes LCD screens that show current seat availability also)
  • Store request form

Where possible, alternative versions will be shown.


  • Staff directory

Internal library systems

  • Space availability admin: Colleagues will not be able to add headcounts to the system
  • Keys database: All functionality unavailable. E.g. no issuing/returning keys, searching for loan records.
  • Incident reporting database: All functionality unavailable. E.g. adding/deleting/amending an infringement, running reports, searching the database

Full details of the outage are on the ISD website.

If you have any questions please contact us at lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk

Explore: Citation Trail

SarahVincent18 July 2016

Later this week, we’ll be starting a month-long trial of some new functionality in Explore. The Citation Trail is intended to improve resource discovery for users by making it possible to look up an article’s citations/cited-by information without leaving Explore – probably a familiar process for anyone who has used Web of Science or Google Scholar.

How does it work?

On some article-level results, the two buttons highlighted below will appear:


Selecting the ‘Citations’ button will return a list of articles cited by the first article:


Selecting the ‘Cited by’ button will return a list of articles that cite the first article:


For a better idea of how it’ll look in action, see this short video from Ex Libris.

Things to note: 

  • The list of citations/citing articles may not be complete – this functionality is not intended to replace subject-specific, bibliographic databases and shouldn’t be relied upon for comprehensive literature searching. There will be a note about this at the top of the results screen, which we can re-word or emphasise as necessary
  • We may not have full-text access to all results returned by following the citation trail – please encourage users to check the full-text indicator highlighted in the screenshot above. For these results, clicking the ‘Services’ tab will redirect the user to an SFX page with links to ILL services and union catalogues
  • The citation buttons will only appear for some article-level, online content
  • The citation data itself comes from CrossRef – more information about how it is generated can be found here

We’ll be calling for feedback about this feature in mid-August, but if you have any thoughts/questions/suggestions before that or would like to pass along any user comments, please do so by emailing digital-library-support@ucl.ac.uk.

New web content management system coming Autumn 2016

RobertDrinkall21 April 2016

The Silva content management system (CMS) which underpins both our public website and our staff intranet is now at the end of its life. ISD has selected a new CMS and plans to start migrating departmental websites to it from Autumn 2016.

Additionally, as a stepping stone to moving the new CMS, ISD is recommending that departments first migrate their websites to the Indigo responsive design pattern library.

We’re currently talking to ISD about both Indigo and the new CMS and I’ll update you when I have further information.

Help with Silva – guides and FAQs for web page authors

Chris SCarrington30 October 2015

The number of library colleagues that are responsible for maintaining a web page or pages on our library website continues to grow.

Training is given to all web authors to begin, but did you know there is also further help on our LibNet page to assist you?

We’ve just updated the help section with new guides and a list of FAQs. The guides include a number of topics from general good practice, adding tabs and accordions, working with tables and editing the revamped opening hours.

We hope you find the guides useful and if you need any further assistance please contact the web team (lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk).

Happy editing everyone!

New UCL search bar for our public website

RobertDrinkall19 November 2014

Dear colleagues,

On 20th November, ISD Web & Mobile Services is rolling out new and improved search functionality to Silva sites along with an updated version of the global masthead that’s been available on the UCL homepage for some time.

This means that the search box in the left-hand navigation of our public website will be removed and the new global masthead with search box in the top right-hand corner will appear instead.

Some example screenshots are available below.



Public website screenshot

UCL global masthead at top of homepage

Public website screenshot

New search functionality


New website now live

RobertDrinkall4 September 2014

Dear colleagues,

The new version of the UCL Library Services public website is now live. A big thanks to everyone who helped us to put it together.

Chris and I will be checking it through in case there are any issues following the migration but if you spot anything which looks amiss in the meantime please let us know via lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk



New website: possible launch delay

RobertDrinkall3 September 2014

Dear colleagues,

The ISD Web & Mobile Services department is having some technical problems with the migration of the new public website so it may not launch today.

I’ll send out an update when I hear back from them about how they are progressing.





New public website to launch on Wednesday 3rd September

RobertDrinkall27 August 2014

Dear colleagues

Many thanks for all the useful comments you sent us about the new public website during July.

Your feedback has been reviewed by the group which is overseeing the Silva migration and we’ve made some changes based on what you’ve told us.

Although we’ve not been able to respond to each feedback provider individually about your comment(s) please do contact me if there’s anything you’d like to follow up.

The new site will launch on Wednesday 3rd September.