User Council Meeting Minutes. Elections held. It was suggested that the MnSCU Library Director's website be linked from the PALS Website. It was recommended and approved that the Task Force chairs work on revising the current Task Force document.
Document that outlines the governance structure of MnSCU/PALS - how the Executive Committee is structured, how the User Council is structured, how the Deans/Directors/Coordinators group is structured and, and how User Groups are structured. Also included are the mission and purposes of the various groups.
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. Fees for 2008 were approved. Introduction to Strategic Planning Discussion. Small group breakouts regarding Current Situations and Trends. Small group breakouts for Vision and Action Planning.
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.
2008-04 Circulation User Group Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Discussion on circulation issues reported on in the Spring 2008 PALS Support and Training Services Report, p.23-24. Additional discussions were on best practices and shortcuts sharing, aleph level statuses, new circ reports in development, and the Consortium's circulation policy. Determined that a workaround so that credits could be sent to ISRS/Business Office as well as debits would take significant resources and could create unseen side effects, but that there might be a solution in Aleph Version 18. If no solution in 18, then workaround request should be dropped. Lengthy discussion of p-circ-77, process to delete expired patrons.
2008-04 User Group Support and Training Services Report
Full PALS report for the 2008 Spring User Group Meeting, covering support and training services, subsystem reports (acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and more). Includes statistics on support tickets.
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