Present (In Person): Ruth Anderson, Kathleen Ashe, Orrin Ausen, Heather Biedermann, Bobby Bothmann, Thomas Bremer, Donna Davis, Bill DeJohn, Todd, Digby, Susan Dueis, Stephen Elfstrand, Keith Ewing, Ala Garlinski, Michael Kirby, Joan Klanderud, Perry Madden, Pete McDonnell, Kevin McGrew, Kathleen Nelson, Erica Nutzman, Evan Rusch, LeAnn Suchy, Pam Sukalski, Dave Wuolu and Ruth Zietlow.
Present (Web Option): Tammy Bobrowsky, Robbie LaFleur, Brittney Goodman, Cynthia Jorstad and Ann Nelson.
Orrin Ausen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m., April 16, 2009 and presented the executive committee report. Accomplishments for the year included the Discovery Tool, MnPALS Plus, conversion to Aleph 19, St. Ben's and St. John's use of WorldCat Local, open url link resolvers, user group meetings changed to once per year in the fall, and workdays in the spring. Orrin thanked the PALS office staff for all their hard work.
MnSCU Report - Todd Digby
The senate passed the Higher Education bill and the house bill is in committee. MnSCU will be cut $160-165 million. The cut is to the base for the next biennium. There is a small increase to the MnPALS funding. Work has continued on textbook reserves and leasing programs. Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park will have new libraries. Library initiative planning continues for seamless registration. Virginia Heinrich mentioned student ID numbers can lead to problems with seamless registration. There is a joint project for MnSCU, U of M, and Learning Networks for streaming video. Intellectual Property Rights position hired at MnSCU. The position will deal with copyright issues. A bill in the legislatures says educational institutes of higher learning need to give students knowledge of job availability in their major fields. (Web option connection available at 9:24 a.m.)
Executive Director's Report - Stephen Elfstrand
Two new staff have been hired. Ex Libris has not replied on contract for maintenance. Have finalized WorldCat Local contract. Rasmussen College is withdrawing from MnPALS-most of campuses are not in Minnesota. See Executive Directors Report: https://forums.mnpals.org/index.php?topic=947.0
Strategic Plan: quit spending more money than income generated. Look beyond the ILS for new products. Work with ODIN on MnPALS Plus. Office has received calls from South Dakota Library and Wisconsin system on MnPALS Plus. Have started a PR and Marketing campaign. Also talking to Consortium of Academic Library in Barcelona. Aleph 19 upgrade has been fairly smooth. MnPALS will be doing more web-based training. October 28 and 29, 2009 Fall User Groups at Wellstone Center. Ex Libris User Group meeting is October 27. Aleph 20 will arrive August, 2010.
User Council Report - Bobby Bothmann
Discovery Tool Task Force completed work on MnPALS Plus. A new format was tried for User Groups. Have one hour business meetings and more breakout sessions and reserve spring for workdays. Workdays have been a success.
Minitex Report - Bill DeJohn
Minitex is expecting a 10% budget cut, and is trying to protect interlibrary loan and shared databases ELM task force is meeting and hopefully decisions by mid May. MnPALS ILL usage has increased. Opening MnKnows - statewide database. May 19, 2009 is Minitex ILL conference AskMn will continue for another year.
Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) Report - Keith Ewing
A five page survey being developed. The Task Force wants survey answered by as many people as possible.
EBSCOhost - Kelli Gocheraur, Regional Manager; Matt Andreas, Senior Director
EBSCO taking federated search to new level. Cost per site $1,000 for all databases. Any single database is available for $200/database. EBSCO is working with over 5000 connectors (Proquest, Gale, etc.). They are working with databases that only allow limited numbers of users per institution to allow more users.
MnPALS Plus (Evan Rusch MSU, Mankato) and WorldCat Local (Dave Wuolu, St. Ben's/St. John's)
Get 3 links, can put your logo on page, Local library shows first, then Minitex, then world. Working on solving problem of too many hits-system picks a title-user needs to click on view of all editions. This is not intuitive. Problems for researcher on location of book is at St. John's or St. Ben's if they do not click all editions.
One item to improve is publication data. MnPALS Plus stems words so anime goes to animal and audition to audit. It is a right hand stem. Relevance currently weighted to title and author. It is possible to have a search weighted to subject. Facet order can also be adjusted; tagging feature has been implemented, and PALS is looking at a mobile display that looks better on mobile devices like Blackberrys. The MnPALS Plus Work Group will use the Forums for comments and announcements. MnPALS Plus is updated 4x a day. Stephen showed a new Firefox add-on; MnPals Plus can now be set as the default search box in the Firefox toolbar. Simply go to MnPals Plus, then click on the Firefox search box drop down, and choose "Add..MnPALS Plus."
Progress Updates and Group Discussion
Syndetics gives book reviews and covers; the PALS office will share the slides that were presented today, including the pricing info for libraries interested in the Syndetics product.
CUFTS is a knowledge base, monthly updates, 475 full text resources/databases. Several libraries are very interested in the open source Electronic Resource Management piece of CUFTS.
Link resolver benefits-increase use, collection development, can track use, compare coverage between databases. An open source is Canada, GODOT, from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby British Columbia, Canada. The advantages of Open Source, more control, able to customize code, and license fees.
MnPALS set to link to Google Scholar.
Meeting adjourned at Noon.
Ruth Anderson, Minnesota State Historical Society Pete Mc Donnell, Southwest State University