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The University of Iowa Libraries

University Libraries Web History: A Chronology of Important Events

Chesterwhite

Generations of UIowa Libraries Web Home Page

First Generation (May 10, 1996 - January 19, 1999)
Second Generation (January 19, 1999 - May 20, 2000)
Third Generation (May 20, 2000 - May 2006)
Fourth Generation (May 2006- August 2008) - screenshot from Wayback machine
Fourth.5 - August 2008 - May 2011
Fifth Generation (May 2011 - January 2012)
Fifth.5 (January 2013 - present) - moved into WordPress. 

Generations of Intranet Home Page

First Generation (February 21, 2001 - September 7, 2004)
Third(?) Generation (2006-February 2009)
HAL / Sharepoint 2007 - (early 2009+)


January 8, 2013
www.lib moved to WordPress

May 15, 2012
Gateway retired

December 2011
The following sites were moved to ITS servers:

October 31, 2011
The Daily Iowan: Over 100 years of Daily Iowan archives launch today
DI Archives

August 2011
Primo Central released.
WordPress (blog.lib.uiowa.edu) moved to ITS servers.

July 2011
EZProxy moved to ITS servers.

April 2011
CONTENTdm upgraded to version 5.4.  Moved from Windows to a Linux environment on a new server at CSS (Engineering).

January 2011
The Gateway-generated Resources by Subject pages retires.  Content transferred to LibGuides.

October 2010
SFX upgraded to 4.0; servers moved to Engineering (CSS)

September 2010
IRO reaches 100,000 uses. Other IRO milestones: 3,630 papers to date; 88,688 downloads in the past year

July 2010
ILLiad now hosted by OCLC
Smart Search mobile goes live

June 2010
Primo3 moved into production

May 3, 2010
Iowa Heritage moved to http://iowaheritage.org/

March 27, 2010
Tango
The Mac server, survivor of the Flood of 2008 (hence the paddle and life jacket), home of FileMaker/Tango (Feminae), NetForms, and much, much more was taken from us (we think by a racoon landing in a transformer but we aren't sure) on Saturday, March 27. She will be missed.

Spring 2010
Primo 3 (OPAC via Primo)  installed on new servers maintained at Engineering.

Early 2010
UI Libraries mobile beta released

January 2010
Aleph v.20 ; New InfoHawk template

October 2009
Archon moves into production

September 2009
MetaLib link removed from the Libraries' web pages.
CONTENTdm4.3 & Wiki servers shut down.

August 12, 2009
ILLiad 7.4 upgrade

August 3, 2009
CONTENTdm 5.1 upgrade

July 18, 2009
Biographical Dictionary of Iowa debuts at the Iowa City Book Festival
The Internet Scout said the BDI "is a website that just feels welcoming"

June 16, 2009
MetaLib 4.3 upgrade

May 26, 2009
Enabled bX Recommendations + Simplified Template

April 17, 2009
CONTENTdm42 server shutdown. Unplugged on May 18, 2009

February 11, 2009
New IDL template debuts just in time for Lincoln's Birthday

October 27, 2008
Verde put on ice.

October 21, 2008
Iowa Research Online: The University of Iowa's Institutional Repository brought online

July 11, 2008
CONTENTdm upgrade to 4.3

The Flood of 2008
June 12-13: All servers moved out of the library
First week of July: Servers moved back into the library

May 19, 2008
Verde moves into production.

January 27, 2008
First LibGuides developed

January 11, 2008
The new Smart Search is live

August 28, 2007
The new Smart Search (Primo) moved intro production.

August 2007
CONTENTdm upgrade to 4.2 and IDL site redesign

August 1, 2007
MetaLib 4.0 released.

July 6, 2007
NetForms turned off.

March 2, 2007
DigiTool was pronounced dead on March 2nd, 2007, at 8:42pm. The cause of death was an apparent lack of interest. E-cards and e-flowers can be sent to lib-webmaster@uiowa.edu. DigiTool is survived by family members ALEPH, SFX, Verde, MetaLib, and Primo.

February 2007
ILLiad 7.2 released. New web pages put into production on March 12, 2007

January 4, 2007
CONTENTdm license raised to unlimited

July/August 2006
ILLiad moved into production

July 16, 2006
InfoHawk cutover to ALEPH v. 18

May 31, 2006
New web site!

May 1, 2006
DigiTool launched as production service

April 5, 2006
CONTENTdm license raised to 50,000 limit

October 6, 2005
MyLibrary cutover to MetaLib v. 3

May 9, 2005
Staffweb service shut down

April 4, 2005
Gateway cutover to MS SQL

March 18, 2005
InfoLink cutover to new version (SFX v. 3)

May 19, 2004
DigiTool 2.4 server available for development

November 5, 2003
My Library moves into production, using MetaLib v. 2.14.

August 4, 2003
Proxy service switches to HawkID enterprise authentication.

June 19, 2003
InfoLink cutover to new version (SFX v. 2.0)

March 20, 2003
Streaming audio and video moved to ITS-hosted Helix server

February 2, 2003
LiveReference service comes online

November 21, 2002
Proxy server swtiched to SSL for secure login

August, 2002
Production and development servers moved to Active Directory authentication

April, 2002
Total hits begin to exceed 10,000,000 per month

March 21, 2002
InfoLink cutover to new version (SFX v. 1.3)

March 8, 2002
Extranet server goes live

January 30, 2002
Gateway cutover to Windows 2000 / Access 2000

January 18, 2002
Rita Benton Music Library Streaming Audio Reserves go live

January 9, 2002
InfoLink goes live (SFX v. 1.2)

March 13, 2001
Arapawa brought online; SHOUT, Tango, Gateway, and Netforms move to arapawa

February 21, 2001
Staff intranet goes live

February 16, 2001
SDRC's Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century is announced

January 16, 2001
New proxy and PURL servers go live

November 20, 2000
First three Electronic Theses and Dissertations go live

October 22, 2000
TWIST server on new Apple Mac G4 goes live

August 4, 2000
InfoHawk goes live

May 26, 1999
LWIS production servers cutover to WinNT

January 19, 1999
Second LWIS graphical home page comes online

January 19, 1999
Gateway to the Internet migrated to searchable database as Gateway to Online Resources

October, 1998
First LWIS WinNT servers come online

April 15, 1998
SDRC web server comes online

March 9, 1998
CIC VEL server comes online

March, 1998
Proxy/PURL servers come online to provide off-campus access to IP-restricted databases

March, 1998
Bailiwick research web server comes online

January, 1998
MOO server comes online

November, 1996
STAFFWEB server comes online

September, 1996
TWIST course web server comes online

July 20, 1996
Anita Lowry, founding Head of the Information Arcade and the person who initially proposed LWIS as a Libraries resource, died

May 10, 1996
First LWIS graphical home page comes online

May 10, 1996
First Gateway to the Internet reorganization comes online

May 7, 1996
Gopher server officially stopped

March 11, 1996
Paul Soderdahl named Team Leader for LWIS and Multimedia

January 3, 1996
First Campus Web Clinic, jointly sponsored by University Libraries and ITS

October, 1995
Total hits begin to exceed 100,000 per month

September 25, 1995
Revised LWIS Organizational Structure as currently implemented

June 28, 1995
Name of web server migrated from www.arcade.uiowa.edu to www.lib.uiowa.edu

April 21, 1995
LWIS WWW server comes online

March 23, 1995
LWIS proposed

December 20, 1994
First University of Iowa Campus Webmasters Meeting

December 16, 1994
University of Iowa central server comes online with links to 13 web or gopher servers on campus, four of which are for the University Libraries (Information Arcade (web and gopher), Hardin Library, and Engineering Library)

October, 1994
Total hits begin to exceed 10,000 per month

May, 1994
University Libraries Gateway to the Internet comes online as a gopher server

May, 1994
Information Arcade WWW server comes online

November 17, 1993
Information Arcade WWW server first proposed

September 1993 to May 1996
Gopher Menu

September 9, 1993
University Libraries gopher approved by Executive Council