The 2014 PALS Report includes all Aleph Subsystem Reports, news relating to PALS products and services, and recent activities of the various Task Forces and Office Teams. Highlights include updates to the PALS Support Center, new lending and replacement lending slips, Islandora growth, and Leech Lake Tribal College joining the Consortium.
The 2012 PALS Report includes all Aleph Subsystem Reports, news relating to PALS products and services, and recent activities of the various Task Forces and Office Teams. Highlights include updates to many reports and tables, the MnPALS Plus mobile website, and a new web interface for patron booking.
Minutes from Reference User Group meeting at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Elections were held. Topics include the PALS report, reports from working groups and task forces (including web scale discovery), workday planning. Melissa Prescott presented information regarding LibData.
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.
Motions Passed: In addition to sustaining the current User Group structure, that the User Council's motion to support the creation of additional interest group(s) to address larger consortium-wide issues, be accepted. Combine the categories of Community Colleges and Technical Colleges within the membership paragraph, yet retain four total members for the combined category. The first interest group formed in the User Group structure be a task force to look at principles to help guide the MnPALS Consortium in selecting a future ILS.
Move to combine the categories of Community College and Technical Colleges within the membership paragraph, yet retain four total members for the combined category. (moved to amend the motion, to drop it for this month.) Robbie LaFleur will draft the new language, to be approved by the Executive Committee at the February meeting. Final authorization could take place at the Annual Meeting. Motion to ask the User Council to come up with a proposal for a new User Group structure by the February meeting.
Joint User Council and Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. Rasmussen College is withdrawing from Consortium. Discovery Tool Task Force disbanded, but is “open” for the next discovery tool or service the consortium might want to develop. Motion passed: that the Executive Committee form a group to address the governance structure issues, to make recommendations, and to report back to User Council and Executive Committee after the Fall 2009 User Group meeting.
Motions passed: That the User Council establish 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 the MnPALS forums. Bug reports should continue to be reported through the Support Center; 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; User Council recommended the Governance Structure be changed to allow an at-large representative from a consolidated, community, or technical college to be elected to User Council; increase User fees by 7% for FY2010; A motion to approve the increase in participant charges for PALS effective July 1, 2009; Vote for members of the Needs Assessment Task Force and that this group also work on a Library 2020 document in response to the MnSCU 2020.
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