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Saturday, August 27, 2011

BEFORE&AFTER: Pittsburg State University Catalog

You probably already know that Pittsburg State University recently launched their new online course catalog, which is our first implementation of CatalogM.

What you probably don't know, unless you actually WENT to Pitt State recently, work on the Pitt State website, or you have a really weird affliction for course catalogs (which is another story for another day), is what the catalog used to look like and how that process was managed.

Well, my friends, you are in luck.

Click here to see before and after pictures we posted on our Facebook page.

While the previous PSU catalog didn't really look bad, it was incredibly difficult for the Registrar's Office to keep up with, there was no search, it wasn't managed using a database and wasn't "connected" to the print catalog, and the navigation could have really used some work.

These are the biggest things we wanted to help them achieve were:

  • To put it simply, PSU needed a better way to manage both their print and online catalog (previously, there had been quite a long, long paper trail).

  • A more automated process: menus and catalog structure should be rendered automatically, any updates made to course catalog content should update the all instances of that item in the catalog, instead of having to go and update each individual item manually, the ability to print the catalog on-demand, etc.

  • A catalog website that would fit in seamslessly with the university website.

  • Better Navigation. This was a big one.

  • Search. PSU needed a way to allow students to globally search the catalog for course and degree information.

  • Ability to have complete control over the catalog hierarchy and structure.

  • Ability to determine custom fields for each type of catalog item from college, department, program, degree, or course.

    And there were a lot of others...
We were able to meet all of these needs - and guess what: instead of updating the catalog every two years, as they had in the past, the awesome folks at PSU will now have an annual catalog.

The good thing is, with our extensive background and experience in other similar academic systems, we are better able to handle the unique needs that come up. Every university is different, so what worked for PSU probably won't work perfectly for another university. But the cool thing is: We Welcome It.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pittsburg State University Launches New Online Catalog with CatalogM

Check it out at:

And the university's release on it:

We'll be doing something a little different than a regular release this time around - a before and after sort of thing. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for it early next week.

This project was pretty snazzy, and a blast to work on. Really excited for what's to come with this one. Lots of good stuff in the works.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

University of New Haven Launches SMASHUP

I'm so happy to announce that the University of New Haven has announced the official launch of their SMASHUP. I've been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of this website. This is our fifth university SMASHUP to go live. Kent State University will be the next.

See it at

As part of this particular project, we also worked with UNH to develop a new social media policy for all stakeholders to follow, which will promote safe use and best practices in social media.

As part of the SMASHUP website implementation, we worked very closely with UNH to ensure consistent branding in regards to the university website, emphasis on main "official" social media accounts, and integration of all university-wide social media into one interactive hub.

Click here for more about this particular project.

Is your university interested in becoming a part of this elite group of universities that are setting the standard not only for university social media and social media mashups, but social media mashups as a whole for any sector? Send me a note at kbrosious AT

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