Minutes of June 7, 2001 Meeting
- Mary Page, Samson Soong, Jeanne Boyle, Ann Montanaro, Erica
Gorder, Rhonda Marker, Lida Sak, Theo Haynes, Wen Ren, Mike Chumer
Acting AUL/TAS (Soong):
- AUL search update. The next candidate will interview on July 9,
with a public presentation at 2 p.m. and a meeting with Technical Services
Council following the presentation.
- Distributed a list of VALE databases which RUL will receive
- The new RUL Training Coordinator will be invited to our next TSC meeting
- Cataloging continues to function, and is feeling the effects of
year-end orders arriving.
- The new Unicorn Administrator, Chris Sterback, begins on July 30.
- The Unicorn 2000 upgrade was successful, though it took about six
hours longer than expected.
- The new payroll software is installed; we will shift to it by the end of June
- There is a Systems Lunch on authority control today
Reports on UUGI
- Acquisitions continues to place orders for state funds and
non-state funds but no longer can assure that they will be paid in the current fiscal year.
- Receiving is heavy.
Brief NASIG report
- Marker, Montanaro, Page reported on a useful meeting, with much
gained through the sessions and also through informal contacts with our
colleagues at other libraries and with Sirsi employees.
Update, Catalog Portal Project
- Page reported on a “content-filled” conference. Noteworthy were a
plenary speaker who talked about the Tempe Principles; another
plenary speaker who talked about the “least publishable unit,” the practice
of getting as many publications as possible out of one research
project, and the scholars’ role in creating the current periodicals crisis;
and Steven Merritt on Generation Y, “the Millenials,” and their expectations.
Catalog records for e-resources
- Chumer reported on the work of the Catalog Portal task group
(Boyle, Bob Warwick, Tad Hershorn, Mary Beth Weber, Gracemary Smulewicz, and
Chumer). They will use Dublin Core as the metadata standard for a
pilot, applying descriptive tags for the Mary Lou Williams project
to DC. By the end of the summer, they will have something to demonstrate.
Transition from ProQuest to Ebsco
- Soong and Boyle reported a variety of responses at the Public
Services Council to the idea of having separate records in IRIS for the
e-version of a print publication. TSC agreed that the GMD (general materials
designation) should not be indexes [Note: The GMD already is not
indexed.] Marker agreed to provide examples in the test catalog of
titles with print, microfilm, and electronic formats. She also will
provide an example of something with multiple URLs, i.e., the same
title from multiple sources. A decision about what to do should be made
soon so that we can begin planning.
- TSC asked to have the ProQuest extended two months so that we can
manually delete the ProQuest URLs from catalog records after the
Ebsco subscription is in place. We are working on the assumption that
Ebsco will replace ProQuest.
- TSC recommended that we get a testbed of Ebsco records into the
test catalog as soon as possible. We are working on the assumption that
we will load separate catalog records for the Ebsco journals.
Cataloging will work with Systems on this.
Linking software tools for e-journals and cross-database searcher
- TSC discussed the Faxon serials vendor situation.
- The AULs plan to form a small committee to look at various products,
after ALA. They will bring in vendors to demonstrate.
- TSC members were asked to visit relevant exhibitors at ALA.
The next meeting is on July 5, 2001, 9:30 a.m. in the TSB Conference
Recorder, R. Marker