MnPALS Access Task Force Discussion (Kathleen Daniels)
Updated Charge: Group members discussed the wording of the charge. It was noted that there was a lack of communication when the charge was sent around to group members. Kathleen Daniels shared her recap of concerns brought to the previous User Council meeting about the Access Task Force, and that these were not a criticism of the Task Force itself.
It was also noted that the wording of the last sentence in the first paragraph of charge might be changed to "priority or timeline", since the MATF can't reasonably give PALS a timeline for changes, but could set the priorities for changes. There was some discussion about the overlap of work of the Indexing Task Force and the MATF. Monica Ralston noted that communication between the two groups is important to decide who should work on what, and what changes need to be made.
Discussion of Web OPAC Issues Document: Perry Madden began discussion by informing the group of eleven issues still needing attention, some of which are partially complete. Some discussion ensued on how to best prioritize the list of issues inherited from the previous HTML Customization Task Force, as well as suggestions for a new process. User Council should look to improve process, using the process paper as a model; a column could be added to the OPAC issues document to track Task Force suggestions and changes. Perry Madden is looking into adding this functionality.
The group consensus moving forward was to work on textual issues rather than technical issues that take up PALS time. For example, the reference group could split into work teams to work on the text of the help screens, search hints, command language, etc. A motion from Ruth Zeitlow (MTR) was accepted, stating "Until all the MnPALS consortium libraries are on V17, or until the Access Task Force has a chair, the group will focus on the following two efforts. 1) Review the backlog of approved work requests from the ATF and the Customization Task Force that preceded it, to reconsider the work and priorities assigned. 2) Focus on textual issues related to the public access screens." Anna Hulseberg (GAC) amended the motion to say, parts 1 and 2 would be the main focus of the group until the Spring User Group Meeting, where this will be readdressed.
Sheila Hatchell gave a "heads up" on an upcoming Cataloging User Group vote. The Indexing Task Force will be proposing updated indexing recommendations, and updated OPAC field label recommendations.