STAFF RESOURCES

Minutes of the January 21, 2010 Meeting

Present:
Stephanie Bartz (chair), Natalie Borisovets, Sara Harrington (recorder), Theo Haynes (remote), Bob Warwick
Absent:
Ellen Calhoun
Excused:
Li Sun

The meeting was called to order at 1:35 p.m.

1. Symphony 3.3.1

Symphony 3.3.1 was installed, and there are a few issues. Context-sensitive help is broken, and two of the links (“hours and directions” and “research resources”) in the library information box on the screen don’t work from remote locations (oddly). Technical explanation: the code, from off-campus, is missing a backslash, because it goes through the proxy, which does some re-writing of the code. It has been a problem for a while, likely before 3.3.1. Bob W. is working on the context-sensitive help issue, and Dave Hoover is working on the other problem.

LDAP is the highest priority for 3.3.1. Work is taking place to ready background systems for LDAP to be turned on in the test system. It will be a priority for IPAC to look at screens before it can be moved into a production system.

What other things do we want to start looking at in 3.3.1? Stephanie B. has a list going back to 3.2. Two examples are an ability to ‘keep all records on this page’ and renewing items using “review checkouts” in “My Account.” Bob W. indicated that we might want to look at RevD before considering any of these features because some things, such as tabbed displays in “My Account,” may be different than described in earlier release notes. Bob will enable RevC themes for RevD so we can more easily determine what features need to be looked at.

2. IRIS Feedback

Are we going to highlight EZBorrow on the book delivery/recall page? We will experiment with splitting the page into two sections, one for Book Delivery and the other for Book Recall. RDS and media materials booking will still be linked on the page. A mock-up will be put in the test system by Bob W., and IPAC members will review it via email.

At a future meeting, IPAC will review the text, buttons, format, etc. of all of the request pages to insure that they match.

Sam McDonald put up a demo of the reserves quick search at (www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/lib_servs/course_reserves_quicksearch_demo_01.shtml) All three types of searches work, and this will eventually go on the "Find Reserves" page of the Libraries website. There was some discussion of whether or not the pull-down menu should go above, rather than below, the search bar. Stephanie B. will contact Sam and ask for variations of the demo for IPAC to review.

3. Open Source Public Catalog Interfaces

IPAC members discussed the sessions on open source public access catalogs at the January 8, 2010 VALE meeting. This Powerpoint provides some interesting background: http://www.wpunj.edu/library/pdf/opac2010.pdf. The other presentations are available on the VALE site: http://www.valenj.org/vale/panel/annual-conference-0

The development of a VALE NJ1 discovery layer is being discussed. OLE provides a back end, but it requires a public interface. This is among the many issues to be considered.

4. Mid-Year Report

Members discussed our activities during the first six months of the year. Among them, IPAC:

5. Information Sharing

The meeting was adjourned at 2.32 p.m.



 
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