Minutes of the December 15, 2011 Meeting
- Stephanie Bartz (chair & recorder), Natalie Borisovets, Ellen Calhoun, Joseph Deodato, Bob Warwick
- Theo Haynes, Jane Otto
1. 3.4 testing
- All parts of the Library Catalog were tested by at least one member of the committee and no significant issues related to version 3.4 were found. As far as the LCC is concerned, LIS can move forward with the upgrade in January.
- One immediate fix caused by persistent logins was needed. The My Account page called up when a user was already logged in needed to be changed to the current version of the My Account page. Since persistent logins are new, this page was never visible before.
- Revisions to the testing checklists are ongoing. Some changes were made in the course of testing and others will be considered on an ongoing basis.
- Systematic testing led to the development of a list of additional issues for the LCC to look at. These will be incorporated into the regular review of feedback and fixes.
2. Continuing review of Project Chart
Bob reported via email prior to the meeting:
- [Test] The EXIT YOUR ACCOUNT button wording was changed to LOGOUT and the coding was fixed (it broke with Patch cluster 3.3.1 last month) so that it is again all the way to the right, in Rutgers red text, and on a white background.
- [Test] The LOGOUT button now goes to the libraries home page (it initially went to the catalog Basic Search page).
- [Test] The 12 additional tags that were requested for the VM-FULL default display were added to that display. The 538 tag now displays as the first note field in the VM-FULL display. Hyperlinking was removed from the 246 and 490 tags in the VM format. Bob also investigated making the 655 tag a hyperlink in the VM format. Right now this can't be done. The hyperlink goes to a Browse index and the 655 tag is not defined in any Browse index so the hyperlink does not work.
3. Library Catalog feedback and fixes
- The Book Special Request page requires a NetID but no password, so users do not actually log in when they use the service. The committee agreed that the BSR and Book Delivery/Recall options should operate in essentially the same manner and login should be required for both. The change will provide uniformity to the system and allow logins to persist in each case. Currently a user must enter their NetID every time they submit a Book Special Request even though login persists in other areas of the Catalog.
- The favicon was missing from the single record display in both production and test. This has been fixed.
- NetID login for Book Delivery/Recall was broken for users whose password was more than 10 characters and for My Account users whose password was more than 20 characters. Both login forms were changed to accommodate passwords up to 64 characters long to meet the new NetID password parameters set by OIT.
- Bob has begun investigating changes to the Permalink script to have the PERMALINK button work on additional pages (Advanced Search, Reserves, etc.).
- During the meeting, it was discovered that the "Results list truncated" message sometimes appears when it doesn't seem appropriate. For example, clicking on the hyperlinked subject "Television comedies" from within a catalog record produces the message both across the top of the results ("Results list truncated -- too many terms "Television comedies." search found 41 titles.") and at the right under the "Limit these results to" box. Investigation of this issue will be added to the Project Chart.
4. Information sharing
- Melissa De Fino has asked to be included, along with a representative from Special Collections, in the discussion of the default displays for MARC, MAP, and MANUSCRPT. MARC-FULL is expected to be on the agenda for the January 19th meeting; feedback and guests are welcome so an invitation will be sent to Melissa.
- Elizabeth Leister has also asked to be included when the SERIAL display comes up for discussion. Stephanie will notify her when that item makes it to the agenda.
- Responses from the various groups that have been testing 3.4 have been positive so far. The upgrade will likely go ahead in January.
- Joseph met with the Access Services Collection Management Group to discuss library maps. First steps toward creating call number maps that can be integrated with the Library Catalog are being looked at.
- The eXtensible Catalog now has a live demo site up at:
5. Next meeting
January 19, 1:30 p.m., University Librarian's Conference Room
[Topics for the agenda: Mid-year report, final review of the VM-Full default record display, review of the MARC-FULL default display.]