Updates on myRutgers.
S. McDonald is working on creating channels and icons to make Searchpath and RedLightGreen available on myRutgers.
RLG Annual meeting.
The theme of RLG's annual meeting at the Huntington Gardens in California last week was Innovation. Michael Schrage, Anne Murphy, Mark Stefik, and Blaise Agüera y Arcas were speakers.
Information Literacy Workshop. The OIT-RUL symposium on Information Literacy Symposium held yesterday in the SCC was taped and will be available as a webcast. The presenters described three different scenarios and roles for librarians in information literacy projects.
Long meeting planning. PSC will hold a longer meeting on May 26th, either in Newark or New Brunswick. The president's targeted areas of excellence will be on the agenda.
Misc. RUL's fiche duplicator is beyond repair, Imaging Services is looking to replace it.
D. Hoover and P. Libutti attended a demo and meeting sponsored by the TEC to explore university site licensing of EndNote. Both agreed acquiring EndNote would be a complex project, from both a systems and training perspective.
PSC discussed implementing EndNote to work with all library databases (global) or only Z39.50 databases (a subset). EndNote already connects to IRIS and other Z39.50 databases, with search results sometimes different from those obtained in the native interfaces. Filters, and how filters apply to records, need to be defined for non Z39.50 databases. Client set-up can be difficult for the end user. G. Agnew suggested one scenario be for the library to set up standard EndNote filters for all our databases.
Who does this work and who serves as a resource to answer patron questions? Users want to ask a knowledgeable individual, an expert in the use of EndNote. Selectors have been asked to answer questions and give training by faculty and graduate students who have acquired personal copies of EndNote. Some general knowledge about EndNote on the part of selectors is desirable. However, the consensus of PSC is that special project people at the university need to be assigned to work with EndNote and become expert in its implementation and use. The university needs to decide where this expertise is developed and supported before acquiring a site license.
N. Borisovets demonstrated the new iLink implementation of IRIS, and explained how some of the new linking options work. "Try these too" links are actual cross-references. If the search term entered is also a subject term, "see also" references are given as well. "Limit these results to" uses LC classes; a search is launched within the results set and returns items with the same LC classification. RESERVE DESK is now Reserves, the INTERLIBRARY LOAN button has been removed, and SELF SERVICES is now My Account with additional external links. PSC requested the "exact match" option be displayed more prominently in Advanced Search and that it be offered with basic searches. PSC supported the proposed May 16th rollout date. IPAC has requested additional members and volunteers are needed to serve on this important committee.
G. Agnew described her work on the national NISO Metasearch Committee. This group is working on a multi-level standard that will produce standard search results and can be used by both metasearch vendors and database providers. Level O, the first level searching (all levels are still under development), is like z39.50 for the Web. It uses XML, follows the client/server approach, and will define a standard syntax for records returned in response to queries. Level 1 will support Common Query Language (Boolean, Adjacency, Qualified Terms, etc.). Level 2 will provide for metadata at the collection level to describe a database's type, size, subject, audience, etc. Libraries might then configure searches to automatically target the most appropriate databases. Level 3 may incorporate OAI.
It is expected that vendors will be competitive and move toward higher level compliance within the standard, and away from use of their proprietary search engines. Adoption of the standard will allow us to require compliance in negotiations with vendors, implement compliance in our locally developed databases, implement metasearching including cross-vendor metasearching more easily, and integrate all our resources more completely.
D. Hoover will attend a ZiNG, Z39.50 Next Generation, workshop in May. A draft of the NISO Mestasearch standards and best practices will be released at ALA in June.
NEXT Meeting: Thursday, May 26, 2005, 9:30 a.m. Location to be announced.