Minutes of October 2, 2003 Meeting

Judy Gardner, Nancy Hendrickson, Linda Langschied, Rhonda Marker, Mary Page, Gracemary Smulewitz, Christopher Sterback (recorder), Bob Warwick

1. Preparing for Unicorn 2003

Chris handed out a summary of the enhancements that appeared most relevant to RUL's installation of Unicorn. They were:


Cataloging/Authority Control

Circulation/Academic Reserves

Reports/Systems Admin

Serials Control


2. The tentative U2003 Load Schedule is as follows:

10/13 - 10/17 -- load upgrade on test server
10/20 - 12/03 -- test upgrade, revise custom scripts and Webcat pages
12/4 -- LIS signoff
1/1 - 1/2 -- load upgrade on production server

3. IPAC Update

IPAC has put other projects on hold so they could focus on revising IRIS, based on Vanderbilt's Acorn catalog, with a planned Spring semester rollout. Bob is making these changes in test IRIS and, so far, keyword searches are working but browse searches are still being implemented. Once the searches are working IPAC will send a message to RUL_EVERYONE asking them to review the changes and provide feedback.

4. Superconference 2004

Next year's annual SIRSI conference will be held April 18-21 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, St Louis. Just like last year, there will be a 50% discount on registration for presenters. The program chairs are seeking presentation proposals by Monday, October 20 and will confirm whether your presentation was chosen a week later on October 27. Also like last year there is a separate track for Directors and Administrators.

5. Information sharing, announcements

Mary - Acq staff had OCLC/CatME training; moving ahead on using OCLC to load records for orders and hope to integrate this with the new 9XX ordering capability coming in Unicorn 2003

Rhonda - will train staff in Cataloging to run bibloads

Gracemary - training branch managers to inventory serials and add marc holdings records with item holdings in correct sequence; staff are realizing the value of standards and consistency

Judy - Bob has made enhancements to patron loader to 1) expire students that withdraw from RU 2) modify the privilege of GRADS and UGRADS to ALUMNI upon graduation

Nancy - working with Bob Sewell on budget allocations

Chris - replaced one floor-mounted air conditioner in Systems Office machine room with a ceiling-mounted unit - awaiting removal of old air conditioner so that we can recapture floor space and reconfigure some of the machine room hardware

6. Next Meeting

The next LIS meeting will be held on November 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the TSB conference room.

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