Minutes of the July 25, 2013 Meeting

Stephanie Bartz (chair & recorder), Natalie Borisovets, Ellen Calhoun, Melissa De Fino, Theo Haynes, Bob Warwick

1. LCC membership

Although he’ll continue to monitor LCC minutes and provide input as needed, Joseph Deodato has withdrawn from membership in the committee. There was a discussion regarding the need for a replacement member and it was decided that a representative from the Health Sciences Libraries would be a welcome addition. Stephanie will follow-up with Melissa Just.

2. Annual Report

The draft distributed via email prior to the meeting was reviewed and approved as sent.

3. 2012-13 goals update and goals for the new year

A draft of the goals update was distributed via email prior to the meeting; it was reviewed and approved as sent.

Goals for the new year were also discussed. Stephanie will send a draft to the group for review. The activities agreed upon were:

  1. Review changes made to the Library Catalog to accommodate UMDNJ integration and website redesign to insure that all of the information is up-to-date and in agreement and any outstanding issues are addressed.
  2. Complete review of fields included in default displays. (continued from 2012-2013)
  3. Review the overall bibliographic record display and explore alternative “change display” options. (continued from 2012-2013)
  4. Review the existing buttons and request options within the Library Catalog in order to streamline those options. (modified and continued from 2012-2013)
  5. Look at the default Boolean operator for Basic Search to determine whether SAME continues to be the best option.
  6. Continue the ongoing review of Library Catalog related user feedback to determine ways to further improve the functionality and appearance of the Catalog.

NOTE: Activity 4 from 2012-2013 (“Work with User Services Council and other groups designated to investigate and develop a new public interface for the Library Catalog.) was cancelled although not completed. It will be reinstated when/if development of an open source library catalog interface begins.

4. Review of Catalog redesign

There was a discussion of LCC’s role now that other groups are making changes to the Catalog without either consulting or notifying LCC. Could LCC be doing work that conflicts with decisions being made elsewhere? What exactly is LCC responsible for at this point? And are the people who are deciding on the changes doing any testing to make sure that the catalog doesn't break and that consistent language is being maintained? Stephanie will follow-up with Melissa Just.

5. Feedback

The area of the Continue button image is larger than the clickable area of the button. If you don’t hover in the right place, the button doesn’t work. – Bob will investigate.

Search “‘united states’ health”. Why are there 4 duplicate Try These Too entries? – Likely pulled from entries in the authority file. Bob will check.

When a book has multiple volumes, the system doesn’t display hold information for each individual volume, but puts a general hold on all volumes. There is no way for a patron requesting a specific volume to check or verify which volume has been requested, at least not until after staff intervention. My Account shows the title with a link to Details. Details takes you back to the catalog record which lists the hold on every volume. – Bob will investigate.

6. Project chart review

Bob will review the Project Chart to determine which items he’s already completed.

7. Information sharing

Stephanie attended a testing session for the 3 Webscale discovery services in order to assess the Catalog search component.

The OLE VALID Bib Data group reviewed MARC records to determine the “best” versions of each field to be used when the catalogs merge. Melissa De Fino is a member.

8. Next meeting

September 26, 1:30 p.m., University Librarian’s Conference Room.

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