Minutes of March 27, 2003 Meeting
- Jeanne Boyle (chair), Susan Beck, Natalie Borisovets, Tom
Frusciano, Judy Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Mary Kesselman, Ann Montanaro,
Leslie Murtha, Robert Sewell (recorder), Mary Page (guest)
1. AUL Report
- Transition/interim plans for how to handle the responsibilities of
two major administrative openings, New Brunswick Libraries Director and
AUL for Administration Services, will be announced by the University
Librarian in mid-April.
- Budget cutting plans include significant reduction in Science Direct
cost and possibly curtailing ingenta document delivery service.
- UMDNJ/RUL Working Group is setting up focus group discussion of joint
program faculty and students in New Brunswick/Piscattaway to determine
how to enhance services to this group. VP Seneca has also asked Deans
for separate proposals for the UMD New Brunswick/Piscataway campus.Some
suggestions so far: LSM hours in sinc with RWJ academic calendar, making
RUL databases available to UMD faculty and students and visa versa, and
document delivery to and from RWJ Hospital Library.
- A draft of the university copyright policy will soon be made public
- Judy Gardner will chair a staff working group on Audio Reserves to
review the pilot project and possibly a mainstream service.
- On April 1, there will be a new borrow card, a community borrowing
card, which will cost $100/yr. We will discontinue the multiply kinds
of non-Rutgers user card categories - Friends, Corporate, and
individuals with special or unique research needs. All of these users
will be treated the same.
- There may be ProQuest training for Factiva and American Periodical
Series in the fall. Other suggestions are welcome.
- All are encouraged to advocate with legislators to reverse the
proposed budget cuts to higher education. Send letters, meet with
legislators. Bob Sewell recently met with Sen. Barbara Buono, who is on
the state Budget and Appropriations Committee and she informed him she
has used the information he provider her to advocate for Rutgers on this
- An updated list of brochures with distribution numbers issued from
the Office of Public Services and Communications was distributed.
2. E-Resources and Authentication Problems
Mary Page discussed problems of access to databases related to RUCS
recent enabling of VPNs and the introduction of a new IP range. IP
addresses are used to authenticate Rutgers users. Acquisitions has
contacted vendors about these new IP ranges to make sure all e-resources
would be connected to them. Some problems remain for a small number of
users in these new ranges, primarily e-journals from sites that host
publishers resources, such as High Wire Press. Acquisitions hopes to
solve these remaining problems.
3. Serial Solutions
Mary Page discussed the implementation of Serial Solutions. It was
purchased primarily to help Acquisitions and Cataloging to manage
e-journals. Serial Solutions provides monthly updates of holdings of
e-serials and can be used with OpenURL software to merge print and
e-holdings. It has public service implications. ILL can check
e-holdings to see what is accessible for lending, but access to
licensing terms related to ILL is not yet available. When fully
implemented, public services will decide if it should be made or how it
should be made available to the user. Mary will make the Serial
Solutions journal list available to librarians to test in the new
future. A way needs to be found to incorporate cataloged government
Links to Holdings From Databases:
Ann Montanaro announced that were are now links to local print holdings
from citations within over 30 of our databases.
4. Goals Review
Wide-ranging discussion of PSC goals including progress on goals set
for 2003 and the goal creation process.
- Significant progress has been made on the goal to Evaluate Software to
Expand Access to E-Resource. A Working Group is specifically evaluating
OpenURL software (SFX, SIRSI, Ebsco, and Open Source) and will have a
recommendation for purchase by the end of academic year. Cost ranges
from less than $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000.
- Goals relating public services’ role in recon priorities, creation of
digital projects, and preservation are now considered outside the
purview of PSC, but council members were glad to hear of progress in
recon related to the NJ documents project, purchase of MARC records for
microform sets, and systematic recon of LC classes of material in Alex
- Progress was noted in other specific projects such as PALCI
collaboration, piloting Real-Time Reference, etc.
- Two 2003 goals were discussed together Assess Reference and
Investigate Changing Roles of Reference Librarians. It was decide that
these, and many other PSC goals revolve around the concept of a
User-centered Library. It was determine that next year’s goals, indeed
multi-year goals, should be framed with this concept. The purpose of
this way of presenting the goals would be to raise consciousness about
the concept and the need for expanded needs assessment and to devise
specific actions to accomplish a User-centered Library.
Marty Kesselman announced that the front entrance to the Douglass
Library has been closed and will remain so during renovations of the
library. The entrance is now in the back of the building.
Lesley Murtha said that the workshop, The 50-Minute Instructor:
Preparing to Teach, will be held on Friday, April 25, 2003; 9:00 am -
3:30 pm in the Remigio U. Pane Room, Alexander Library, and that many
people have signed up already.