Sunday, March 31, 2013, the Library of Congress is adopting a new cataloging standard called Resource, Description and Access (or RDA) for most of its cataloging. It will replace the Anglo American Cataloging Rule, 2nd Edition (AACR2).
PALS is in the process of looking for a web scale discovery vendor for the consortium. An RFP has been written and released, and we received three responses. As part of the evaluation process, our vendors are doing demos this week. The demos are being held at MSU Mankato's 7700 France location and will also be available through a live Adobe Connect Webinar session. Each session will also be recorded for those who cannot attend.
Our first demo was held on Tuesday, March 26 for the EBSCO EDS product.
The end of life for the current version of MnPALS Plus is July 31, 2013. Beginning August 1, 2013, MnPALS Plus, https://mplus.mnpals.net/ server will no longer be available. All libraries must transition to the new MnPALS Plus (version 2) http://mplus.mnpals.net server by the end of July, although you can start using this new server now since it has the functionality of the original MnPALS Plus, as well as a whole host of new functionality:
Finding journal articles and books in the library at the same time is now possible using a single search, enhancing the patron experience and saving them time. The Bridge Consortium of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges in Northfield, Minn. teamed up with PALS to successfully integrate Web Scale Discovery with the library catalog using VuFind and a new display approach called “channeling.”
VuFind displays results in two columns or “channels”. One channel displays search results from the library catalog while the second displays results from the Summon web-scale discovery service using the vendor APIs.
To experience VuFind – Summon integration for yourself, go to the St. Olaf or Carleton instances of VuFind.
The Bridge Consortium of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PALS to integrate Web Scale Discovery with VuFind using a new display approach called “channeling.”
VuFind is used as the presentation layer for both the library catalog and results from the Summon web-scale discovery service using the vendor APIs. The results are displayed in two columns or “channels”. Books and other library materials are displayed on the left side of the screen and the Summon journal article results on the right. Patrons’ new and exciting research experience minimizes time by receiving book and article results through one search.