Minutes of April 12, 2004 Meeting
1. WAC-C (Vib reporting for Theo)
- Revision of how to new license databases.
(after Cathy,Systems and Cataloging have done their part)
Go to Sam, then selector will be contacted for description,
then to Harry for notice, then to WAC-C. Up in 3-4 days.
- Descriptions still need to be completed. Theo will keep the
ones she has, some will be passed back to selectors, and some
WAC memebers volunteered to handle some.
- Reviewed spreadsheet of goals, objectives and tasks to see if
they are on target.
- Review needed of "How Do I" documents.
- Research Guides - Au is awaiting word from some, will try to nudge
- African American Poetry Database. The database has been installed
for months on a systems server and is awaiting a description. Sam
will talk with Linda lanschied about this.
- Trials discussion. Should they be proxied ? Feeling from systems is no.
Should they be on a trials page (should a trials page even exist) ?
Some felt that trials should only be sent in email to people who need
to evaluate them for purchase. Putting them on a web page adds to user
expectation that they are going to be purchased.
The trials discussion stemmed from the UMI addition of databases for
ABI Inform Global customers and the offer of 2 databases from EBSCO.
In the UMI case the vendor was contacted and we were assured that the
new databases were part of the package for ABI Global customers and
would continue to be available as long as the subscription to ABI Global
was renewed. As such it would have made sense to add these to the
Forthcoming page as well as the Indexes and Databases page once we
got descriptions for them. (Since it is expected that BSP will replace
ABI action will not be taken on this).
In the EBSCO case, the 2 databases (Communication & Mass Media Complete
and American Humanities Index) were only being offered as free access
for a year. This was an unsolicited offered. It was assumed that the
proper people at Rutgers would evelaute the resources and then make a
decision on whether they should be purchased or not. In this case the
selector reviewing said they would be of value, and even if we did not
purcahse them, they should be put up for users. So the question was do
we take free offers from vendors, raise user expoectations, and remove
them after a period of time ? Au contacted Bob Sewell who said put them
on the web page.
This whole issue of trials, forthcoming, free with print, freely available
with no IP restriction needs to be looked at more closely.
2. WAC-D (Rebecca and Sam reporting)
- Currently working on prototype of front pages.
3. Systems (Dave reporting)
- RLG will be changing hostname and Internet providers and asked all
to verify the names they are using. All Eureka databases are ok.
- RLG will be eliminating telnet access to RLIN and is introducing
RLIN21Web. Do we need to worry about scripting a new web service
that we can put on our catalogs page to replace the current
Rlin - Staff Mode link. I was asked for Ann M to take this to
- OpenURL (LinkSource) was released for use. Still tweaking some
aspects of it.
- Web of Science had old links to full text that were turned on that
have never been maintained (Cathy didn't know about them as Bob Terrio
was the one to have them turned on). Among other things, it had the
entire ScienceDirect package activated not just the NERL titles. Since
the LinkSource button was being added to Web of Science, we told them
to turn off the old direct Full Text links.
Note: This is becoming a bigger issue as more and more vendors are just
turning on links by default. We may need to have a discussion about
the best way to proceed. Should LinkSource, be the only way for
one citation database to relate to another?
- EBSCO A to Z list is being worked on by Cathy.
- Due to problems with the IRIS webserver shutting down systems asked
Sam to change the the way the top level IRIS search interface was
constructed on the library web page. The problems stemmed around
the cursor focus being in the search box, an empty search term being
able to be sent, a <CR> launching an IRIS search, and IE being slower
to start up Webcat. Essentially we were seeing 100s of webstarter sessions
being started up from the same host all coming from the top level search
page. We asked Sam to check for a search term and make a use click on the
Go button to launch an IRIS search. We have seen no recurrence of IRIS
webcat shutting down since the change.
- Question asked about Genderwatch not being on Indexes list. Contacted
UMI and VALE and they both agrred we should not have it. It has been
removed from the UMI site, so we have nothing to add to our web pages.
4. Instructional Services
- Progress is being made on adapting SearchPath for RU use. Hope to have
something up in the Fall.
5. Update on Assessment
- Karen Hartman checked and we do not need Human Subject Review.
Some preliminary qustions to be asked have been prepared.
Groups to be surveyed small student groups, work study students.
Not given go ahead due to other surveys that are being conducted.
Question raised - Are we expecting answers to help the current web page
Next meeting May 10, 2004
Dave Hoover (recorder)