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Web Wednesday: ECU Phone Directory

December 18th, 2009

If you haven’t visited the ECU phone directory recently, please check it out.  You can get there by clicking the on the ECU home page (and many other ECU pages with toolbar icons).  We’ve added many new features, most notable of which is the new “Departments” search option.  You may type all or part of a department name to see all the department(s) that have that name.  If you’re not sure about the name, there’s an alphabetical directory so you can see all the entries that begin with that letter.  Only letters that have entries are shown, which is why you don’t see ‘Q’, ‘X’, and ‘Y’ (at least for now).  We also have a ‘1’ for the 1 Card Office entries.

There’s also now a Reverse Lookup feature.  Reverse lookup is where you know a phone number, but not who/what has that phone number.  The dedicated reverse lookup tab has a single entry box, and both the people and department directories are searched.  Numbers can be entered in any of the following ways:

  • 252-328-6131
  • 252.328.6131
  • 252 328 6131
  • 2523286131
  • 328-6131
  • 328.6131
  • 327 6131
  • 3286131
  • 6131

That’s right, even if you don’t know the prefix (327, 737, …), you can still find the department or person with that extension.  Adding the prefix will speed up your search, though.  Note that since most of our phone numbers (all people, most departments) do NOT have the 252 area code, leaving it off will not affect your search results.

In addition to the dedicated reverse number lookup, the last name and the department name fields also accept phone numbers or names, so you can use those if you want only a result for a person or department.

ECU Phone Directory Search Interface

ECU Phone Directory Search Interface

And, to earn the ‘web’ and ‘web design’ tags I’ve put on the post, I’ll just say that I’m very pleased that the ECU Phone Directory Search now earns this icon:

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  1. Percevial
    January 6th, 2010 at 16:27 | #1

    Was just checking the new directory out, but I am not seeing the Reverse Lookup Tab. Checked in Firefox and IE.

  2. eric
    January 11th, 2010 at 17:39 | #2

    The reverse lookup had to be removed. Look for it to m ake a reappearance in the near future.

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