Library Catalog Committee: Charge

The Library Catalog Committee (LCC) is responsible for changes to and maintenance of the Rutgers University Library Catalog. Representing this important module of the library information system (LIS), a representive of the LCC serves on the User Services Council, and the chair of the LCC serves on the LIS Committee. Appointments to the LCC are the responsibility of the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services. Oversight of the LCC falls jointly to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services and the User Services Council.

The LCC works closely with Integrated Information Systems, other LIS committees, and the User Services Council to determine the need for and extent of changes to the Library Catalog. The committee tests and implements changes based on software updates and the evolving needs of the user community.

The committee implements minor changes to the Catalog, works to take advantage of new features as they become available, improves displays, and maintains the user guide. The LCC confers with and makes recommendations to the User Services Council on major Catalog changes resulting from software upgrades, as well as on significant, elective changes to the Catalog. In all cases, the Committee is responsible for documenting changes and communicating these changes to the Libraries and library users, as appropriate.

Specifically, the Committee is responsible for addressing concerns related to information display issues, screen design, indexing policy issues, help screens, search guides, and other documentation. The LCC is proactive in seeking improvements to the Catalog design both locally and with the vendor. The Committee submits suggestions for enhancements to the vendor and keeps abreast of upcoming changes offered by the vendor.

The membership of the Library Catalog Committee is comprised of representatives from a variety of constituencies within the Libraries, including public services, cataloging, and library systems.

Last updated: November 7, 2011; August 29, 2013
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