On Friday, June 18, just when people were bouncing off for the weekend, ITS announced a new update to the online campus directory, the web-based application used for looking up publicly available student and staff directory information. Depending on how much you care about the online directory, this update is either kinda nifty or really boring.

The new system sports a unified directory and search system for both students and faculty. The biggest change of all, though, is the ability to modify and add to your online entry using your CruzID and Gold password.

There’s a pretty extensive listing of biographical information you can add, including other email addresses, departments you’re affiliated with, your websites, awards, honors, and your personal interests. If you’re looking for a convenient way to control the publication of your academic life at UCSC, it’s a welcome feature.

For the privacy-minded out there (yes, I’m looking at all of you with your pitchforks still pointed at Facebook), you can get your information removed from the campus directory by changing your privacy settings in… uhh… MyUCSC? Well, that’s a weird jump between applications, but at least there’s an FAQ. You’ll want to look for “Release to Campus Directory” and set that option to “no” to opt out.

If, on the other hand, you’re interested in setting up your web profile, we’ve got a step-by-step walkthrough over this way.