Technical Services Report for Annual Meeting. WebPALS shut down on August 24, 2006. Access to mainframe turned off in October, 2006; still running for registration data. Will get permanently shut down once UNIX server is set up.
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. Two motions of "thank you" for Becky Bell and for Linda Richter were approved. Todd Digby introduced the new Director of MnPALS, Stephen Elfstrand. Mark Scipioni has been brought in as a consultant from Minnesota Department of Administration. Motions passed from PALS Centralization survey report: to customize XSL forms and to upgrade forms customization from version to version. Motion passed: to consolidate PALS e-mail lists. Motion passed: to accept Version 18 draft project plan document. Motion failed: have a steering committee be involved as an advisory board to any staffing issues relating to services provided by the PALS office. Stephen Elfstrand demoed the discovery tool that Al Rykhus has been working with (based on PRIMO open source). By consensus agreed that Stephen will pursue the development/exploration of open source.
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.
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. Motion passed: to drop any consideration of going with ARC2. Motion passed: MnPALS staff will focus available resources to consortium-wide activities and innovative services such as Version 18 features, open source initiatives, and improvements to user interfaces. MnPALS will not move towards the implementation of Aleph Version 19 unless Executive Committee directs. The Innovation and Project Management Coordinator is a new idea and would oversee teams such as Open Source ILS, EZproxy, OpenURL, etc. Motion passed: to accept changes to Participant Library Charges.
2008 02 User Council and Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Joint User Council and Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. PALS will not be buying ARC2. The discovery tool is ready. Koha, Equinox, and Evergreen demos coming up. Proxy server upgrade to EZproxy. Discussion on Consortium’s Future Direction and Members’ Needs.
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