User Group Meeting: Fall 2012
Consortium of MnPALS Libraries User Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
St. Cloud State University
Atwood Memorial Center
Campus Main Map ... then click on Parking and Driving Directions
St. Cloud Hotels
8:15 – 9:00
- Registration/Refreshments – Voyageurs North/South (Second Floor)
9:00 – 9:50 (Session 1)
- Breakout: Reports Group Update: A review of what we've done and input into what's next. – Randi Madisen, Moderator (Century College)
- Join in a discussion of recently updated/created custom reports and bring your suggestions for new custom Aleph reports to fulfill your library's need.
- Breakout: What is Islandora? Could it meet your digital repository needs? – Linda Richter and Alex Kent (PALS)
- You may have heard that Islandora is a digital asset management system that combines the Drupal and Fedora open source applications…but what does this mean? What does it look like? What are its strengths? How do you get started? We’ll talk about how PALS became interested in Islandora, what we hope to accomplish through our investigation of the software and its applications, and what we have learned so far. After a general discussion of how Islandora works, we’ll get into the “nitty gritty” of planning for and implementing a digital repository.
10:00 – 10:50 (Session 2)
- Breakout: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (Adobe PDF) – Rachel Wexelbaum (St. Cloud State University)
- SCSU librarians Cindy Gruwell and Rachel Wexelbaum, along with SCSU Instructional Technologies professor Plamen Miltenoff, would like to “exchange” mobile apps helpful for various types of productivity and database access. If you would like to try these apps, or share your favorites, BYOD and join the fun.
- Breakout: E-Resources in your Library (Adobe PDF)
- Join an informal discussion on e-resources, e-journals and e-books, and their impact on services to patrons. As a group we will talk about a variety of questions such as “What challenges do e-resources pose for resource sharing?”, “Who has access to your library’s electronic resources?”, “Are your e-resources in your catalog?” “How do you track e-journals?” This is an informal discussion for library staff to share how electronic resources are affecting the services they provide to their patrons. The Minitex MnLINK ILL Committee did a brief summary of issues surrounding e-journals http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Sharing/Ejournals.aspx which may be referred to in this discussion.
11:00 – 11:50 (Session 3)
- Breakout: ILL Mystery Grab Bag (Adobe PDF) – Agnes Lee (Minitex) and Sonja Eilertson (PALS)
- Join with ILL staff for a session on various ILL issues. If you have an ILL mystery that you would like help solving please let Sonja or Agnes know about it and we will try to cover it in this session.
- Breakout: RDA and the Future of Cataloging (Adobe PDF) – Tina Gross (St. Cloud State University)
- Most of the changes that the implementation of RDA could make possible won't happen immediately. At this session we will share ideas about what the transitional steps – from the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative to the Semantic Web – might look like.
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch / Networking Lunch/Networking Evaluation Results: Graph (Adobe PDF)
12:30 – 1:20 General Session – Available Via Web/Conference Call:
Adobe Connect: https://umconnect.umn.edu/ug102312/
Conference Phone Line: 507-389-1014
General Session Evaluation Results: Graph (Adobe PDF)
- Executive Committee Report – Thomas Bremer (WSU)
- User Council Report (Adobe PDF) – Michael Kirby (DCT)
- MnPALS Futures Interest Group Report (Adobe PDF) – Michael Kirby
- Web Scale Discovery Task Force Report
- MnPALS Future ILS Task Force Report
- MnSCU Report – Todd Digby (System Office)
- Director's Report (Adobe PDF) – Stephen Elfstrand (PALS)
1:30 – 2:20 (Session 4)
- Breakout: Like, Follow, Circle: How Libraries Use Social Media – Michael Kirby (Dakota County Technical College)
- Michael will show how the DCTC Library uses Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, then facilitate a discussion of what other libraries are doing with social media.
- Breakout: Aleph Inventory at MSU – Kelly Jo Nelson and Lola Lemcke (Minnesota State University, Mankato); Dan Honetschlager (PALS). MSU Online Inventory (Adobe PDF). MSU Batch Inventory ( Adobe PDF)
- Learn a couple of methods used by Minnesota State University, Mankato to work with Aleph Inventory. This presentation is designed to help libraries that would like a basic understanding of what can be/should be done.
2:20 – 2:30 Break/Refreshments
2:30 – 3:20 (Session 5)
- Breakout: Patron Data in Aleph: Where does it come from? – Randi Madisen, Moderator (Century College)
- Come to a discussion about the connections between your campus and ISRS (if you’re a MnSCU campus) and Aleph. How does student/faculty/staff patron data transfer into Aleph? PALS staff will be on hand to explain the PLIF (patron file load) process and we’ll share our best practices for how we handle campus IDs and barcodes at our campuses.
- Breakout: Channeling Students' Energy Toward Learning – Michael Kirby (Dakota County Technical College)
- Join us for the first meeting of the Futures Interest Group book club. We will discuss Chapter 4 of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, by Richard Arum.
3:30 – 4:20 (Session 6)
- Breakout: Want to Book a Group Study Room? (Adobe PDF) – Sonja Eilertson, Simon Mai, and Al Rykhus (PALS)
- The Aleph software has booking functionality that allows library staff or library patrons to book items. PALS staff have begun working with the UMD web booking interface that allows library patrons to book group study rooms. In this session we will show the MnPALS patron booking web interface, ask for comments about the interface, and briefly review the Aleph table setup.
A room designated for those who would like to discuss similar topics will be available throughout the day.
PALS Report (Adobe PDF)
Reports Work Group Highlights (Adobe PDF)