Convener: Michael Kirby, Dakota County Technical College Recorder: Elizabeth Tuckwood, Minnesota State Law Library
Present: Kathleen Ashe, Jim Byerly, Dawn Clyne, Susan Dueis, Dylan Harris, Dan Honetschlager, Johnna Horton, Nancy Kerr, Michael Kirby, Peg Lawrence, Elizabeth Lincoln, Martha Lindberg, Diana Lundell, Randi Madisen, Adam Marsnik, Monica Ralston, Ann Schroder, Elizabeth Tuckwood.
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Approval of Agenda
Added item: Future ILS Task Force to talk about upcoming demo.
Dan reported that Version 22 has issues with printing. 22 doesn’t let you export to Excel. It is possible to shut off 22’s print function and use 21’s, but there are warnings that this could result in lost characters both on the screen and in the printouts. Dan said that this hadn’t happened so far in their testing, but that Al Rykus hadn’t been able to get this workaround to work at ODIN. UMD Print may also work. Right/Left mouse clicks will only reduce and enlarge the print preview – will not come up with a menu to Export. The libraries are going to have to test printing thoroughly. This is a big enough problem that it could delay or cancel going to Version 22.
Susan Dueis stated that previously patron names had taken two fields, then went to one field in Version 21, but were back to two fields in Version 22. Since this would require converting old records, PALS is thinking of leaving it set to one field. However, people have been asking for two fields. The matter needs to be considered further.
The discussion returned to the lost print functions. They were changed in order to certify Version 22 for use with Windows 8. Dan said that PALS may release 22 in January or February, with testing to be done in late November or early December.
6. Reports Work Group Update – Susan Dueis, PALS
Reevaluate Charge: Randi read the Reports Work Group’s charge. Susan reported that there was less of a need for new reports and that the Work Group hadn’t met for a year. It was proposed that PALS will look at report proposals instead of the Work Group, and that the Work Group will give feedback as needed rather than for every report. Johnna Horton moved that there be a new charge. Michael Kirby seconded. Motion passed.
New Charge: The purpose of this group is to serve the Consortium of MnPALS Libraries by providing suggestions, input, and feedback to the PALS office as they develop and refine Aleph statistical reports and services and by helping to test new and updated reports and services.
7. Future ILS
Johnna announced that there will be a demo for Alma next week. She hopes there will be a demo for WorldShare soon.
Johnna reminded us to do data cleanup in preparation for migrating to a new ILS.
Adam suggested that everyone look over their practices so that they’ll be able to catch oddities caused by migration.