User Council Meeting Minutes. Group consensus was that focus should be on upgrading to version 18, prioritizing of the most needed changes and fixes, and relegating outstanding problem tickets to the back burner. Recommended that PALS close the Aleph-Migration listserv. Recommended creating a new electronic list devoted to maintenance and system alerts. Motion passed: that customization and upgrading of XSL forms, and assisting with table changes during version upgrades should be priorities for centralization of tasks to the PALS office. Motion passed: to recommend to the Executive Committee that the PALS Draft Project Plan be approved. Motion passed: to recommend to Executive Committee that Booking be investigated as soon after the version 18 upgrade as possible.
Motions Passed: That the User Council accepts as completed the work of the DTTF and disband the group while establishing working groups for any new discovery tools and services PALS may be exploring; that the User Council establishes a “MnPALS Plus Working Group” to provide oversight for decision-making for MnPALS Plus; that all future suggestions and requests for refinements and enhancements to MnPALS Plus should be submitted to a MnPALS Plus board created on MnPALS forums. Bug reports should continue to be reported through the Support Center; recommend that the Executive Committee consider that the Needs Assessment Task Force draft a proactive Library 2020 document as an informative response to MnSCU 2020.
User Council Meeting Minutes. EC will send a representative to the UC meetings. Standardize dates for User Group meetings as last week of October and second week of April. Motion passed: to rewrite the charge for the Access Task Force. Mission statement and goals were approved by EC and distributed to UC members.
User Council Meeting Minutes. Keynote Speakers for Spring User Group Meeting: Shane Nackerud (UM) and Cody Hansen (UM). Task Forces Policy Document Motion: Insert “Every effort will be made to insure representation by size and type of library” after the first sentence of #4 [Membership]. Motion: change wording from “When” to “As_ in 7.b. Motion: accept Task Forces Policy document as amended and forward to the Executive Committee. Motion: The User Council requests that the Executive Committee identify 7 possible core activities for the consortium to pursue for the next 10 to 15 years. Motion: The User Council needs to identify and provide an appropriate forum to continue the discussion of strategic planning. Motion: Refer the Vision Statement that came out of the strategic planning process to the Executive Committee for revision. Motion: Recommend to the Executive Committee to assign 2 people to work with 2 people from the UC (Bothmann and Ewing) to edit and present a final draft Governance Structure document. Motion: Allow the MARC Task Force to move forward with a policy recommendation.
Annual Meeting Minutes. Included guest speaker Richard Madaus, Technology Curves and Libraries. Small group discussions were held in the afternoon. PALS top priority continues to be operations and support.
Reviewed how to set up administration for new Aleph ILL in GUI client. Minitex gave an update and presentation which illustrated that MINITEX delivered 900,000 items in 2007-2008 and in 2008-2009 they currently are seeing a 36% (32,000) increase of items delivered to date. Further discussion included topics such as borrowing agreements between libraries led by Pam Sukalski (now Pam Gladis) and Peter Jarnstrom, the ILL Protocols Document, and interlibrary loan and open source. There was also a Version 18 Q & A.
2008-10 Acquisitions/Serials User Group Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Dee Nolan describes upcoming functional training on aquisitions, discussion on reports for dealing with serials and local holding records, reports useful for completing library surveys such as NCES (formerly IPEDS), and planning for workday.
2008-10 Cataloging User Group Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Discussion on global changes to bibliographic or holding records, automatic creation of holding and item records, local holding records, creation of ADM (administrative) record. and workday planning. Included an additional discussion of ebook MARC records.
2008-10 Reference and Instruction User Group Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Discussion on reconfiguring OPAC display order, adding 880 MARC fields for alternate characters to edit-doc-999 for display in OPAC. Bobby Bothman would like them to appear in main record display. Examples are: ocm138759778 ocm184986922 ocm36661830 ocm60609011.
2008-10 System User Group Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Discussion included LDAP authentication, planning for workday, and a motion was approved that the Systems Group or Reports group present a webinar in January that identifies reports that will be useful to prepare the ALS survey from NCES and perhaps present a second webinar to discuss problems encountered.
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