GL 3.0 Sirsi upgrade will take place over Memorial Day weekend. The next LIS meeting on May 12 is the official signoff date.
LIS Team members performed a final review of the white paper proposal to change the use of item types in Unicorn. Some team members suggested additional minor changes and Bob asked that team members send him final edits via email. Ann will ask Grace to put this on May's TSC agenda.
Chris reported on the recent purchases with SirsiDynix; some of these products and/or the product features depend on software upgrades to GL3.0 or GL3.1 for implementation. Sirsi will not begin to charge us maintenance fees until they are actually implemented.
The products are:
E-commerce - allows for the paying of fines/bills via IRIS with either Knight Express or with a credit card (needs GL3.0)
Barcode plus - 13 stations for print/copy management; includes optional interface between LPT:One and Blackboard
Electronic Resources Management - delivered by SirsiDynix in a technology partnership with Serials solutions (needs GL3.1); Rutgers has offered to be a beta test partner for the data transfer between Unicorn and Serials Solutions hosted database
Article linker - openURL product also delivered by SirsiDynix in a technology partnership with Serials Solutions; will replace EBSCO's LinkSource
Central Search - Federated search product also delivered by SirsiDynix in a technology partnership with Serials Solutions
Migration to Oracle platform - changes underlying database structure from ISAM to Oracle; SIRSI is building a number of new products and product features only for Oracle so migrating to Oracle better positions us to take advantage of these enhancements as they are released
License extension - allows us to exceed the 2 million title license limit originally purchased by Rutgers in 1997. We currently have 1,954,548 titles in Unicorn.
Chris reported that a patron complained about their SSN appearing in the userID field of a Booking confirmation notice; this was a patron that requested a booking via the web pages but never registered a barcode with the libraries. (Since requesting a booking does not go through IRIS, patrons are not required to have a barcode.) Jane responded that Booking staff will make sure that patrons are registered with a barcode as part of the process of creating a booking in Unicorn.
The next LIS meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in the TSB conference room.