Tuesday, October 23, 2012 St. Cloud State University 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Attendees: Kathleen Ashe (SSU), Orrin Ausen (BLC), Bonnie Boese (ARC), Karen Bronshteyn (ATC), Dawn Clyne (MSU), Carrie Curie (MSCTC-Moorhead), Susan Dueis (PALS), Dan Honetschlager (PALS), Alyssa Inniger (BLC), Tess Kasling (SBJ), Michael Kirby (DCT), Elizabeth Lincoln (LRL), Martha Lindberg (MSU), Randi Madisen (CEN), Adam Marsnik (NDC), Pete McDonnell (BSU), Amy Naughton (ADC), Melissa Prescott (SCS), Erika Rux (TRC), Alan Rykhus (PALS), Elizabeth Tuckwood (MSL), David Wuolu (SBJ).
1. Welcome – Michael Kirby (DCT), Convener
2. Selection of a Recorder – Pete McDonnell (BSU) volunteered.
3. Approval of Agenda – Randi Madisen moved to accept agenda; Adam Marsnik seconded. Agenda approved.
4. Approve Fall 2011 Minutes. Michael Kirby moved to approve previous minutes as posted; Orrin Ausen seconded. Minutes approved.
5. Elections – Terms expiring:
State Universities: Pete McDonnell (BSU)
Private Colleges and Universities – Theresa Borchert (Concordia College)
MnSCU Two-Year Colleges
Al Mamaril (Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids)
Randi Madisen (Century College)
State Government Libraries – Vacant
First, it was noticed that it is hard to fill the State Government seat on the Systems Steering Committee, plus Special Libraries aren’t listed. The group decided it would be best to combine the two. Adam Marsnik moved to combine into one slot: State Government/Special Libraries. Motion approved.
The group decided to stagger the terms of the representative library types, as noted in the Election Results below.
State Universities: Pete McDonnell (2 year term) Private Colleges and Universities: Orrin Ausen (1 year term) Two-Year Colleges: Karen Bronshteyn (1 year term) and Randi Madisen (2 year term) State Government/Special Libraries: Elizabeth Lincoln (2 year term)
User Council Representatives:
Michael Kirby (Convener) Pete McDonnell (User Council Rep)
6. PALS Support Report Response – Dan Honetschlager (PALS)
Aleph v. 21
The PALS office is continuing to work on issues related to the upgrade to Aleph v. 21. There is a support incident (SI) in to Ex Libris on an ILL module issue which some, but not all, libraries are encountering (a mandatory circulation note is appearing upon Receive of an item).
A service pack from Ex Libris is being tested, and will be installed before the next re-indexing of the database.
Amy Naughton asked about the timing of the upgrade to v. 21; weren’t upgrades usually done later in the semester? This upgrade seemed kind of early in the semester, and it can be hard for smaller libraries to cope with it during a busy time. Al Rykhus replied that the User Council and Executive Committee made the final decision to approve the September upgrade date. Some discussion followed about when is a good time to do the upgrades, and that maybe there is never “one good time” that works for all libraries.
Dave Wuolu asked about the future of the Aleph product (in light of next-gen ILSs that are now in production, like Ex Libris ALMA). According to Ex Libris, there is no “end of life” set; they are still developing new versions (v. 23), taking enhancement requests, and there are a lot of libraries that will probably stick with Aleph for the immediate future.
Dan Honetschlager mentioned that, in addition to supporting their Aleph modules, PALS staff also support those functional areas for the Evergreen product; PALS is currently supporting Evergreen installations for East Central Regional Library and East Grand Forks.
Aleph and Microsoft Windows 8 compatibility: Ex Libris has not “certified” Windows 8 for use with Aleph yet. Future versions of Aleph (but probably not v. 21) will most likely be certified to work with Windows 8. PALS staff will do testing of Aleph and Windows 8 ahead of time (not waiting on Ex Libris to certify).
7. Spring 2013 Workday Planning
Aleph Tables and XSL/XML Letters session. Have participants come prepared with table/letter changes they’d like to make, and work on these with PALS staff during the session.
Could John Daniels (MCTC) possibly present on PalsConnect Linker enhancements he has been working on?
Discussion of how people are creating lists/pulling reports on New Books (and presumably other new items) in Aleph
Please post ideas for Work Day topics on the Systems board on the MnPALS Forums; workday planning will be discussed at the next User Council meeting.
Melissa Prescott (St. Cloud State) provided an update on LibData development at St. Cloud State. The University of Minnesota, the original developer of the code, is no longer developing LibData. St. Cloud State is investigating the SubjectsPlus system (http://www.subjectsplus.com/) as a replacement to LibData. There are no plans to take down LibData, but continued development of LibData may end, depending on the results of the SubjectsPlus project. Libraries could still use it for their subject guide pages. If libraries are interested in being involved in the review of SubjectsPlus, or would like to provide feedback, please contact Melissa Prescott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9. Meeting adjourned at 11:55 am
Minutes submitted by Pete McDonnell (BSU)
1. Welcome and Introductions
Michael Kirby – Convener (Dakota County Technical College)