The MITF has met six times this year since it formed in January.
Theresa Borchert – Concordia College Bobby Bothmann – Minnesota State University, Mankato - Convener Sheila Hatchell – Minnesota Historical Society Tess Kasling – St. John's/St. Ben's Joan Klanderud – South Central Technical College, North Mankato Sarah Quimby – Legislative Reference Library Sue Strehl – Minnesota State College Southeast Technical/Winona & Red Wing Becky Bell – Aleph Implementation Manager Mary Ann Greenwald – PALS User Support Al Rykhus – PALS Technical Staff Larry Spiess – PALS Technical Staff
The group has reviewed and identified issues from the MATF problem list that it feels are Indexing issues or joint indexing and access issues. These issues have been moved from the MATF problem list to the MITF problem list. MITF has communicated to MATF issues discussed by the MITF that are more appropriate for the access group to discuss. Details are available in the MITF minutes (http://www.ecommunity.mnscu.edu/wb/default.asp?boardid=9), and include indexing issues for linking entries and series statements.
MITF feels that MnPALS needs to have a discussion and make a decision about the frequency and scheduling of re-indexing. Reindexing cleans the database indexing tables which takes care of some anomalies regarding pointers to records that have been deleted, erroneous call numbers, and it allows implentation of revised indexing definitions. The down side is the time involved. For example, a full reindex of SYS01 involves the following processes:
- 21 hrs
- 30 hrs
- 02 hrs
- 19 hrs
- 09 hrs
- 05 hrs
- 11 hrs
- 15 hrs
- 60 hrs
-172 hrs (~7 days
MITF will begin to focus on indexing issues that may be implemented with re-indexing as a top priority, look at the need for indexing of the HOL and ADM records, and finally any other issues related to indexing. MITF would like to communicate recommendations and enact changes according to the details outlined in the attached proposal entitled “Procedure for Indexing suggestions, corrections, deletions.”