Chris reported that the SSN/LDAP group has received a test file from Admin computing. Bob is examining the file in preparation for the group's next meeting on November 24.
The next upgrade to Director's Station is a complete redesign of the system and requires a new more powerful server than we currently use for the existing version. Systems is determining whether we can afford to upgrade the server in the current tight budget year. If we cannot, the existing version will continue to work but we won't see any of the new features.
Chris and Gracemary reported that there is one more test serials invoice file to load before signing off with Harrassowitz. Chris and Gracemary hope to do this before the Winter Break.
Chris reported that voting will open soon on the merger of the two SirsiDynix user groups, the Unicorn Users Group International and Customers of Dynix, Inc., into one group called Customers of SirsiDynix Users Group, Inc. (COSUGI). The user groups are merging to reflect that SirsiDynix has merged the development of the Unicorn and Horizon software to the Symphony platform. Sites cannot vote until they have paid their annual membership dues.
The next annual SirsiDynix users conference will be a joint conference with CODI and will be held in Dallas from April 6-8, 2009 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is called Intersection to reflect the proposed merger between UUGI and CODI. Registration is open now and they are seeking presentation proposals.
Chris and Judy reported that Rutgers University Libraries hosted a recent bimonthly meeting of the OLE Project core and advisory partners in the SCC from November 6-8. Approximately 25 members were in attendance from as far away as Australia. At the two and a half day meeting, OLE partners received training on business process modeling and also planned for the upcoming regional design workshops. Judy and Chris encouraged LIS team members and staff members from their departments to sign up for the OLE Project Regional Design Workshops that Rutgers University Libraries are hosting with our colleagues from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania on December 8-9 and then again from Dec 15-16 in the SCC.
Mary Beth inquired whether it would be feasible to add the 856 tag as one of the fields on a search result hit list. Bob responded that this question has come up before and the reason it has not been done is because it may work when there is only one 856 on a bib record but becomes unmanageable when a bib record has more than one, as exist on our Serials Solutions and Ebsco records.
Stephanie and Bob demonstrated the new books list that IPAC has been working on this semester. The demo page looks very good. New items are included according to catalog date and LC call number range, as well as SuDoc range. Group discussed frequency and content. Extensive list of government documents headings was questioned. Media materials still need to be added, preferably within the existing subject headings.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in the TSB conference room.