Agenda items include sessions on PALSconnect Linker, OCLC's Bibliographic Notification Service, trimming the serials budget, communicating with the Consortium through the PALS website, St. Cloud University's use of LibData and Research Project, and the future of Minnesota libraries. Century College's acquisition of the Fire Library collection was also discussed.
The 2011 PALS Report focused on Aleph subsystems, updates to PALS products and services (EZproxy, MnPALS Plus, PALSconnect Linker, PALSconnect ERM, Evergreen), and current activities of task forces and office teams. Highlights include global changes to bibliographic records to reflect new MARC standards and testing Aleph version 21 before Consortium-wide implementation.
2011-10 User Group Meeting Futures Interest Group Report
The report lists the FIG meetings that took place from fall 2010 to fall 2012. Topics discussed include federated vs. aggregated search, eXtensible Catalog, legal issues with e-books and e-readers, mobile access to library resources, and digital asset management.
2011-10 User Group Meeting Reports Work Group Highlights 2010-2011
The report recounts the highlights of the Reports Work Group from 2010 to 2011. The group met bimonthly via conference call to discuss creating new reports, improving existing reports, phasing out Priv-20, and how to answer IPED/NCES/ALS statistical questions with Aleph reports.
The report describes User Council meetings from fall 2010 to fall 2011. Meeting topics included better ways to prepare for User Group elections and workday planning. Over the course of the year, the Reference User Group changed its name to the Reference and Instruction User Group. The Cataloging User Group changed its governance structure to have three representatives from any two-year institution on the steering committee, rather than from a specific type of two-year institution.
2012-4 Acquisitions/Serials and Cataloging Workday Agenda
Agenda items include sessions on copyright for digital media, bibliographic metadata in RDA, moving from print to electronic journals, digital resource sets in MnPALS Plus, genre and form headings for moving images, Century College Library's experience with e-books, and preparing for the Library of Congress to implement RDA.
2012-4 Acquisitions/Serials and Cataloging Workday MnPALS Plus Digital Sets
The presentation discussed MnPALS Plus digital resource sets. Sets are loaded into MnPALS Plus for patron discovery and access. Sets mentioned in the presentation include Films on Demand, Credo Reference, ebrary, Alexander Street Press Video, Oxford Reference, MN Digital Library Collections, and Minitex eBooks.
Agenda items include sessions on creating collective knowledge resources, updating the Consortium Circulation Policy, using Google Docs for record keeping in Traditional and Electronic Reserves, and training Circulation and ILL student employees.
2012-4 Circulation/ILL Workday Circulation Training
The presentation goes through training for Circulation student employees at Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. It includes information about differentiating between MnPALS and Aleph, checking out items, and working with ILL.
There were not enough presenters to do a full Reference and Instruction Workday, so the "workday" consisted of two online sessions during the week of March 26, 2012. Sessions included an introduction to the PALS Universe and an open discussion about Reference Collections.
Agenda items include sessions on Systems training, customizing PALSconnect Linker, connecting PubMed to PALSconnect Linker, Electronic Resource Management systems, and how libraries are doing circulation services, reports, and notices.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
3022 Memorial Library
Mankato, MN 56001
A Program of Minnesota State
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) is a system of two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout Minnesota. Minnesota State aims to enable people in Minnesota to succeed by providing the most accessible education in the nation.