Breakout Session: Split Personalities – Al Rykhus and Susan Dueis (PALS); Kimberly Sy (Normandale Community College) Powerpoint (Adobe pdf)
Working with students with IDs at multiple MnSCU campuses, how Star ID and MnPALS Plus work together for these types of students, and how this functionality is being used in Partnership Programs in MnSCU.
Breakout Session: Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes – Michael Kirby (Dakota County Technical College)
We will be discussing a report from the University of Minnesota which examines the impact of library usage on retention and academic success. Two of the authors will also be attending and have offered to answer questions about their research. Please read the report prior to this session and bring your questions and ideas. A PDF is available at https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/143312
Breakout Session: ILL with Minitex–Alma ILL is Delayed – Agnes Lee (Minitex)
Minitex is exploring ILL options for our users. Minitex will share options that will be available to libraries.
Breakout Session: RDA Day One: Seven Months Later – Panel
Day One refers to March 31, 2013, when the Library of Congress and many other libraries switched to RDA for all of its new cataloging.
Seven months later, some PALS libraries have implemented RDA, some are training to implement, and some libraries are undecided. Please join our panelists as they discuss their experiences with RDA over the past seven months: training staff, effects on productivity, using the RDA Toolkit (or alternatives to the RDA Toolkit), reactions from patrons, the business case for and against implementing, and any other related topics of interest.
All electronic resources involve some licensing work in some form or other prior to turning on access. There are many problematic terms that might be encountered in licenses, including Authorized Site and User definitions, Indemnification, ILL and other scholarly sharing terms, Governing Law, and Confidentiality. It might even be illegal for some licenses to be accepted by Minnesota libraries without revision. This session will highlight some of these clauses and include a discussion of the kinds of issues license reviewers face in the course of attempting to negotiate license terms with publishers and other vendors. Questions addressed might include: Why does it take so long? Why don’t we always insist on the most favorable ILL terms?
Breakout Session: Islandora Demo – Alex Kent and Linda Richter (PALS)
This summer Southwest Minnesota State University and Minneapolis College of Art and Design joined PALS as development partners for the Islandora Digital Repository Project. Islandora uses common open source components such as Drupal, Apache, and SOLR to build a dynamic, robust, and customizable Institutional Repository. This session will include a demonstration of Islandora and a discussion of the project, challenges, lessons learned, and successes. There will also be time for questions and answers about Islandora and PALS’ Islandora services. PALS’ goal is to provide Islandora to Minnesota libraries and archives.
The panel will discuss methods and tools for collecting and sharing usage statistics. The hope is that a discussion will ensue in which participants, panel, and audience will be able to ‘compare notes’ and share best practices. The focus will be on electronic resources usage statistics, but other statistics may enter the conversation as relevant, such as circulation statistics.
Breakout Session: PALSdiscover Q & A – Perry Madden and Al Rykhus (PALS)
Perry and Al, along with library staff members who have implemented the PALSdiscover solution which combines MnPALS Plus and the Summon API, will answer your questions about implementing and using PALSdiscover.
Breakout Session: MnSCU Chancellor's Report "Charting the Future" – Michael Kirby (Dakota County Technical College)
Discussion of the report and its implications for MnSCU libraries.
Breakout Session: Circulation Desk/Public Access Redesign at MSU-Mankato – Lynne Weber and Joni Myers (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
A beautiful, architect-designed Circulation Desk, in the shape of a circle, no less, was created for the Public Access Team at MSU Mankato this summer. We have been enjoying the advantages of our lovely new site, as well as adjusting to a shape and layout which are very different from what we have used before. We would like to share the experience of the creation – the planning, which included meetings with the architect, contractors, University facilities experts and Access staff, the need to relocate our Circ Desk for three months last summer, the installation of the new desk and the installation of our daily operations within the new desk. The transformation from old to new was challenging and difficult at times, but the emergent desk is dignified, striking and inviting to our users.
Breakout Session: WorldShare ILL – Sonja Timmerman (Gustavus Adolphus College) and Peter Jarnstrom (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is the new platform set to replace WorldCat Resource Sharing later this fall. The OCLC website states: “On November 25, 2013, new requests can no longer be initiated in WorldCat Resource Sharing, and access to the WorldCat Resource Sharing service is scheduled to end January 3, 2014.” This session is for group sharing and discussion – thoughts on the new platform, migration experiences, tips, tricks, and advice for making the transition to the new WorldShare ILL.
Conversations with Colleagues
A room will be designated for those who would like to discuss similar topics throughout the day.