Minutes of June 13, 2005 Meeting
- Rebecca Gardner, Karen Hartman, Laura Mullen, Ka-Neng Au, Sam McDonald,
Stephanie Bartz, Dave Hoover (recorder), Theo Haynes
Next meeting July 11, 2005
1) Minutes from May Meeting.
2) Google Scholar (Wenk)
3) How Do I's (McDonald)
- Two new ones submitted by Judy Gardner have been added to the list.
- How Do I view articles delivered on the Web ...
approved - Link from Site Index, Doc Del FAQ
- How Do I setup a deposit account ...
approved - Link from Site Index, RDS page, Imaging Sevices page
4) Popular Literature Versus Scholarly Literature (Au)
- A long discussion ensued as to what is the best term(s) to use to
distinguish Popular Lit from Scholarly Lit. Vendors use Scholarly,
Peer-Reviewed, Refereed all to mean similar things.
- The table in the web page that tries to distinguish the categories
are a little misleading and out of date (document was written
in 2000). The table and/or page should be reworked. Either by a
3 person subcommittee of WAC, or Instructional services or the
- Will reword to Scholarly Peer Reviewed vs Popular
- Will link from Indexes and Database top links.
- How Do I find an article will be reworked by Au to incorporate
a link to this page
- Link from Learning tools - refer to Instructional services
- Link from Ejournals page - third bulleted link at the top
4a) E-Reserve flash tutorial (Au)
Camden produced a flash tutorial on how to use electronic reserves
that the ERES group would like to have linked from the library web
pages. Concern was raised about keeping the page content up to date
and in sync with Ilink screen changes, as well as the fact that it
did not reference paper reserves.
- Content will be maintained by the producer, if we find that it has
become out of date we can ask for revision, and pull it off the site
as we have with other out of date content.
- Since the tutorials only focus is E-reserves references to paper
reserves is not necessary.
- Change last screen to add "Contact Access Service, Circulation" to
make it more accurate for all libraries.
- Add a link in Find Reserves, Electronic Document Reserve User Guide
- Add a link in IRIS - refereed to IPAC
- Add a link for downloading the flash player.
- No icon will be added as we are not sure exactly what was being
- A message will be sent to Judy through Eres group to John to see if
the above changes can be made.
5) 2005-2006 WAC Goals (All)
Main discussion about goals focused on the fact that as an Advisory board
that reacts to other proposals it is hard to set specific goals.
- We agreed to carry forward the same 4 goals from 2004-2005 as they
generally describe our main function.
- As a specific goal for 2005-2006 we will take on Updating and Improving
the staff web pages. Make sure committee minutes are posted and up to
date, add a Site Index for this section, add a search capability and
overall encourage the posting of more content.
6) Indexes and Databases (Haynes)
- New Description Updates were assigned (Archival Resources, EEBO, ERIC,
Women Writer Online International, Source OECD, HealthStar, etc)
- Sam asked for comments on Women and Social Movements
7) Research Guides (Au)
8) Webmaster Report (Sam)
- "Connect fom home" wording to be changed to "Connect from Off-Campus"
- July PS and Systems will have their priority meeting
- Mention of pages that needed to come off the web site due to lack of
updating to reflect the new Ilink interface. (How to find a video,
Some instruction pages, the IRIS quick search and Reserve search
Sam is working on the return of the IRIS quick search functionality
for our web pages as well as MyRutgers. The other pages are unlikely
to be redone.
9) Systems Report (Hoover)
- Slowness in IRIS was asked about. Some of it is historical slowness
related to specific browsers as well as how the HTTP setting is set
in the web browser. Systems is looking into some changes on the server
side related to this, but while it may fix start screen problems, other
records may take longer to load.
Another reason is that the above slowness only occurs on the top level
page startup that goes to the basic search screen. When we had the
Quick search boxes at the top of the libraries web site, you were able
to conduct a search and wind up at a result list, that bypassed the need
for the initial Basic search page to load.
Systems will continue to look into the issue and see if there is anything
we can do on the server side to speed things up.
- Proxy issues
- One user asked for a Logout feature, so he did not have to close his
browser. EZProxy does have the feature available. Dave will mock up
a link and share it with the proxy subgroup that was formed.
- When people are not using our web pages and have a link that needs
to be proxied we have generally said to append the proxy suffix
(proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu) to the URL and they should be able
to gain access. This works in most (not all cases) and should only
be given as advice to remote users.
For people who maintain web pages on rutgers servers that use our
restricted links we need to work out other issues. We need to know
if they should always go through our web page links (or proxy server)
to be able to reach restricted library resources. Dave will mock up
a web page that describes the choices for the proxy subgroup to
10) Instruction Report (Haynes, Gardner)
- Changed wording on SearchPath for subgroup of guest users who cannot use
module 4 remotely since they cannot login with a NetId and password.
This is a problem due to the fact that module 4 does a live EBSCO
connection in place of a screenshot.
- It was mentioned to Sam that since the Searchpath URL was used on
the top level pages, proxy rewriting rules that appended the proxy
name made the link spill into the News bookmark tab.
11) IPAC Report (Bartz)
- ILink roll out a success.
- IPAC is reviewing feedback that has come in since the changeover.