Subject:  Minutes of the Meeting Of New Brunswick Libraries
Information Services Steering Group

Held at : Kilmer Library

Date: March 16, 2000

Present: Ilona Caparros, Jeris Cassel, Ron Jantz, Marty Kesselman, Penny Page, Pat Piermatti, Lisa Vecchioli,
Connie Wu

1.  ISSG Chair Myoung Wilson was on vacation.  The meeting was chaired by Jeris Cassel.

2.  ISSG welcomed invited guests from the Office of Television and Radio: Linda Bassett and Marisa Person.  OTR is soon to become the Office of Print and Electronic Communications (OPEC), which is part of University Relations.  Bassett and Person gave an overview of the Rutgers TV network, which is in the beginning stages now.  They expect a five-year build-out, beginning with service to Busch and Livingston campuses in the fall.  Eventually they anticipate having about 60 channels available, including general commercial programming, SCOLA (foreign-language channel), and the history channel.  OTR is negotiating with program providers now.  Then there will be several RU-produced channels: a Campus Information Service (what’s going on around campus); two Mediavision channels for reserve material and other programming requested by faculty; a seminar channel for teleconferencing; a movie channel (with student input on selection); and a Rutgers channel (which already exists).  The Rutgers  Channel already has some programming, including “By the Book,” where RU faculty interview other RU faculty authors about their work.  There are also some student productions coming out of a journalism class.  RUCS & TEC are talking about doing some computer literacy modules on this channel.

Jeris distributed an outline of things ISSG would like to have covered in an introductory library program for the Rutgers Channel.  OTR stated that their initial target audience for this would be first-year students, since the network will only be available on campus.  Physical tours of the libraries would not really be appropriate for a basic introduction; short segments focusing on particular needs/situations (such as obtaining a library card and computer account) might be better suited to a first-year audience.  Ron Jantz asked about the possibility of digitizing such content for CD or DVD and the Web.  OTR is exploring these ideas, but right now they don’t have sufficient expertise or technology.  What they’re planning for the fall semester will be analog video format.  OTR will do some brainstorming based on our discussion and will get back to us with some ideas.  Jeris gave them a script of the Alexander walking tour along with some general “facts and figures” on the libraries; she agreed to be the contact person between OTR and ISSG.

 Following the departure of the OTR guests, ISSG continued to discuss the type and distribution of library programming that should be produced.  Members agreed that digitizing content for the Web should be an ultimate goal.  Ron Jantz wondered if CD or DVD could be used for interim delivery until the technology was available for Web delivery.  How would this be funded?  Marty Kesselman noted that OTR had done some digitizing of material for the libraries for free (Learning Links).  Ron said that it was possible to stream video now from the SCC server; for short video segments viewing quality should be okay for 56K modems.  If OTR would digitize these segments and put on a file for us, we could load on the SCC server (or point to a file on their server).

Since OTR wants to have a library program ready to go for the fall, this video could be used in lieu of the on-site orientation programs NBL libraries have done in the past (usually Labor Day weekend).  The video could be shown in all major libraries and other campus locations (such as student centers) during orientation programs, and circulating copies could also be available at all libraries throughout the semester.  In that way, the information could be available to commuting students and others who might not have regular access to the RU TV network.

There was some debate as to whether physical library tours should be produced in the future and made available from the various library web pages.  Some members felt this was no longer necessary, given our increasing ability to provide information access unrestricted by individual library borders.  Several other members felt such tours would be very useful in reducing library anxiety for new students and visitors.  They advocated including such things as views of the library interiors, floor plans, parking instructions.

3.  Jeris provided a brief update on the proposed Internet-based curriculum.  She doesn’t have all  the people in place to do this yet and still needs to do a survey of preferred search engines.  She will have a basic schedule ready for our April meeting.  Let her know if you have any basic needs that should be addressed in this program.

Respectfully submitted,

Penny Page,
Secretary du jour