Minutes of August 17, 2006 Meeting
- Stephanie Bartz (chair), Natalie Borisovets, Vibiana Bowman (teleconferencing), Ellen Calhoun, Francoise Puniello (guest), John Shepard (recorder), Li Sun, and Bob Warwick.
1. iLink progress
Bob Warwick reported that "My Account" has been redone in the test system to change some
confusing wording that occurred during the upgrade of the system software to GL 3.0; the Access
Services Committee has reviewed the changes and approved them. Bob will also try to fix the
ongoing problem with the numbering of IRIS reserve lists before the fall semester begins.
The committee discussed the priority of the items still pending on IPAC's iLink revision list:
- In regard to the new books (or new materials) list to be displayed through IRISóBob asked, "What constitutes a new book?" Does "new" mean newly cataloged or newly published? That question is yet to be answered.
- Another pending issue is federated searching using software from Serials Solutions, to be implemented in the near future.
- The committee agreed that the issue of Net ID login from within IRIS should be moved up in priority.
- Bob reported that user-initiated media bookings will be turned on in the test system at the request of the Media Center staff, and they will be testing it for possible implementation in the future.
- The possibility of linking to original language records for non-English, non-Roman scripts may need to be investigated in relation to OCLC rather than RLIN because of the changes taking place with RLG.
Natalie Borisovets asked about the list of topics displayed on IRIS search results pages under
the heading "Limit these results to
." By clicking the "More" link, the user can see a complete
list of topics, with the added topics interspersed with those that displayed on the initial
screen. Bob will investigate whether it's possible to increase the number of topics in the
initial display to include all of the headings.
2. New feedback
A request that International Standard Serials Numbers be linked in IRIS records was received. The
intent was to facilitate searching for journals with title changes. The committee discussed the
issue involved, and concluded that more information was needed before any decision is made.
Stephanie will ask for a further clarification of the need for ISSN links.
3. Annual report
The annual report of IPAC was accepted by the committee as drafted by Stephanie Bartz.
4. Information sharing
- Bob Warwick reported that the federated searching beta version would be ready by December, and that IRIS would not be one of the databases to be searched in the beta version.
- Director's Station training is ongoing. Stephanie Bartz commented that the problem with Director Station is deciding which numbers to pull down: what kind of data would be useful to have? Bob said that it would be a good idea to put together a presentation of online public-access catalog issues in Director Station and to draw up a list of definitions of terms in Director Station.
5. Next meeting
The next meeting of IPAC is on 21 September 2006.