STAFF RESOURCES

Minutes for January 15, 2008 Meeting

Present:
Grace Agnew; Choong Liew; Ron Jantz; Sam McDonald; Chad Mills; Ann Montanaro, recorder; Li Sun
Excused:
Shaun Ellis, Mary Page

1. Sam, Choong, and Ann will attend Public Services Council to discuss the work of the committee. In addition to the topics covered at Technical Services Council, they will discuss subject headings used in the metadata. A demonstration of the trial implementation will either be given at CDC in February or will be an open meeting later that month.

2. Sam reported that the investigation he and Choong have conducted shows that the Drupal content management system (CMS) can meet most of the needs of RUL. In the discussions and demonstration the committee will show how a CMS can be useful in creating, updating, and maintaining web pages.

3. The committee discussed ways of mapping existing subject terms. Once implemented, the terms could be used to automatically create root (core, minimal) subject guides. Any guide automatically generated would need to be reviewed by a librarian before it is complete and “published” or displayed to users. Sam reviewed a document he prepared “7 Steps to Add a new ‘Minimal Subject Guide List of Indexes.’” In future releases, it will be possible to automatically add new databases to the appropriate guides.

4. Each database will have to be cataloged with subject headings. Li will be working on that project. In the NISOMI metadata the conspectus level of each database will entered at the subject level so that a database that is primary for one subject area but secondary for another can be thus cataloged. Three levels of completeness or appropriateness will be included: basic, study (undergraduate), and research (graduate).

5. “Sign-up” is an event registration module in Drupal that may be acceptable for meeting registration.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, 18 in the Heyer Room. Future meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month.



 
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