Minutes of Thursday, December 13, 2001 meeting
The spring semester meeting schedule was distributed. Since we usually travel in the spring, if your library wants to host a meeting, please contact Judy to schedule. The Jan. 2002 meeting was canceled; various system-wide staff meetings are taking place during intersession.
The contact lists were circulated for revisions and will be updated on the Staff Resources web page.
"Electronic Security Device In Use" labels for posting on libraries 3M security gates were distributed; Judy has extras if you need them. Jeff provided this FDA web site for background information, answers to questions about labeling for electronic anti-theft systems: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/guidance/1170.html
2) Ask A Librarian.
Routing of "replied to" Library Notices.
There was not an overwhelming consensus about whether to recommend that Systems staff start forwarding
replied-to Notices to the AAL PIN list. While the majority of these are routine, we occasionally learn
from the replies and are reluctant to lose exposure to the answers. It's important to have a view of
the answers to know if a replied-to Notice has been picked up or answered already, since it's not as
easy to assign responsibility for them, as it is the PIN form. It was also noted that Bob, Tracey, and
Jane would probably have to join the PIN list because they handle replied-to Notices. Judy will forward
these issues to Natalie and report back.
Protocols and Referrals.
Whenever a user writes to AAL asking for a PIN with partial verification information, we will
immediately reply with the standard answer and 2 options (come to a circulation desk or use the PIN
form). Whenever a user writes to AAL and gives an SSN and barcode needed for verification, we will go
ahead and immediately supply their PIN off-list. Our goals are to make use of the PIN form as much as
possible, avoid back-and-forth off-list email communication, and get PIN information to users ASAP.
Now that we're getting replied-to Pickup and Cancellation Notices, there is confusion about A Team and
access team responsibility for answering some questions, for example, 'please change my pickup
location,' 'I don't need this anymore,' 'I never requested this book,' etc. Judy/Chris will clarify
with Bob and Tracey and report back.
Standard replies have yet to be posted on the web for all to view and use (soon). The next access
services AAL team asked for a refresher on some of these new developments as well as overlap on the PIN
list before assuming duties next.
3) Unicorn & Systems.
Results of testing U2001. Highlights.
Reports are fine. It appears the "untransit" wizard will not allow us to clear transit between two
other libraries. Bookings OK, a new review feature allows staff to make changes, a major improvement.
Can extend privileges in Modify User, change a PIN with the override without being blocked, see a date
created in the user record glossary, and modify a Profile on user record with transactions. A
"Requests" tab in the user record (as implied by documentation) not found. Display and edit transaction
data worked just the same. Recall due date not displaying, possibly the test system is out of sync with
production. Display2 User is GONE. "Partial payment" wasn't identified as such. Charge/discharge OK.
Creating item records OK. Creating new user and Renew OK. Some testers are still working, however,
access services has no "drop dead" issues and we are OK with the planned Jan.1-2 installation of U2001.
Related testing issues.
Next time, staff will be provided with a testing crib sheet including the test logins for each library and the test system's override.
Request to add LOST-REPL to the pull down billing type menu. [DONE.]
Expiration date defaults. Default expiration dates of NEVER were changed for user profiles to the following in the test system: FACSTF, GRAD, GUEST, UGRAD 6/30/2002; UMDF/S 12/31/2003; UMDSTU 11/1/2003. We agreed to move them over to production. Staff can always edit these expiration dates when registering a new user. Chris will also change existing NEVER expiration dates to these new default dates according to profile. [DONE]
Changes in WebCat displays. Bob has been working changes in Webcat displays-- alignment and boxes improve displays; choosing "new Search" in Reserve Desk takes the user to the reserve desk search box and not back to the Catalog; in Self Services renew all is available, a zero displays following "Holds Available" when there are none, new recall due date display in Self Services.
Review of Winter Intersession recalls/term loans.
We agreed to keep all items on our Hold Shelves from now until January 29th. Revised dates have been
publicized with signs and web site News.
We will most likely use our time for user-initiated holds and long overdue materials.
Other. Rutgers Online Directory.
During the course of the meeting there was lots of discussion about problems advising users how to
update email addresses in the Rutgers Online Directory and remove email addresses no longer being used.
A standard response for AAL and text for a possible bookmark are underway.
4) First Quarter Statistics.
Reserve circulation, regular circulation, and RRS lending statistics (from Unicorn reports) for July-
Sept., were distributed. Please report errors Manual reserve circulations from Douglass appear high.
Checkouts during processing might explain SERC's nonreserve circulations.
5) Updates, Announcements, Information Sharing.
Access services staff do not use Old SIRSI documentation anymore. [Judy will ask to move the original SIRSI Requests documentation only to the Staff Resources page, but it needs to be updated.]
There will be a system wide Billing staff meeting during intersession, watch for an announcement in early January.
Database Management has discovered Missing titles with bills on Alexander Library's missing book list, which they are unable to remove. Study, a method, and cleanup are needed.
Ariel 3.01 has been installed at all sites except at the Annex and LSM/ILS. Instructions for Ariel scanning for RRS and ILL are almost complete. Training will take place at libraries in January.
There was a fire on 2nd floor at Physics.
NB RRS team is revising Keyboard Express Reply macros in light of email notification; plan to add a reminder about $3 fee for articles in NB. Positive comments about email notification.
Jane's last day is Jan 9th, then out for approximately 8 weeks.
Carolyn has been promoted to library associate. Bravo!
Long lines for computer labs at Kilmer. A digital microform machine was installed, waiting for RU2000 data feed to start using, it will print and send via email.
The full system backup schedule is different for the next 5 weekends: this coming weekend, midnight-3 am Sun; next two weekends, Friday night; following two, Sat. 6-9.
We can expect future downtimes for U2001 installation, update of SIRSI server, and database conversion.
NB circulation group working on procedures for backdating discharges following downtime.
A high-level workstation was acquired for processing digital audio reserves, 7-8 classes have audio-reserves now.
Chang is preparing to receive materials transferred from Douglass and LSM.