Volume 3 Number 4
|What the Working Groups
are Working On
|The OLIS and SUNYLA actively recruited SUNY
librarians for various SUNYConnect
LMS working groups. The Data Management and Access Management Working Groups have
commenced their activities. This article provides a summaryof what these groups are and
will be working on. The Systems Management Working Group will be formed in the near
The SUNYConnect Data Management Working Group's first assignment has been to develop this merging algorithm. The algorithm developed by the DMWG provides
This will create a virtual bibliographic record for SUNYConnect that will be used in the union catalog.
The WG has been on summer hiatus while awaiting Ex Libris' response to the latest version of the merging algorithim. We will be gearing up again soon to take on the issues related to the 856 tag (Electronic Location and Access). These issues include where the tag should be located and which 856s should not be part of the union catalog. We will also be investigating issues related to indexing specifications. And we are looking forward to testing the efficacy of the merging algorithm.
Members of the SUNYConnect Data Management Working Group are: John Edens (Buffalo); Nancy Hoshlyk (Plattsburgh); Jane Subramanian (Potsdam); Michael Thayer (HVCC); David Ritchie (Cortland); Michelle Eichelberger (Finger Lakes); Maggie Horn (OLIS).
Universal Borrowing Subgroup (Access Management)
We are in Phase One of this process, which involves examining other consortia borrowing policies. Consortia policy sites that are being, or have been, examined are:
(Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University) Galileo/University System of
We have been examining these sites to determine whether or not they have universal borrowing policies that SUNYConnect might use as a basis in determining our own policies. We are also looking at meeting with participants in some of the consortia listed above to discuss their success in this area.
The next phases are as follows:
Phase Two. Determine universal borrowing guidelines -- Codes for SUNYConnect patron and item statuses; Standards across SUNY for students, faculty, staff.
Phase Three. Work with Union Catalog sub-group to test the prototype of the Union Catalog interface; Universal Borrowing - development and testing of components; Design and testing of patron empowerment features; Patron database authentication/authorization components.
Phase Four. Begin investigation and selection of specialized catalog content.
Phase Five. Develop operational guidelines for document delivery and remote storage.
Sub-group members are: Karen Carney (Ulster), Dan Kissane (Oneonta), Tom Larson (Oswego), Karen Senglaup (University at Buffalo), Karen Gardner-Athey (OLIS), Maureen Zajkowski (OLIS).
Union Catalog Web OPAC Subgroup
We are in Phase One of this process. This involves examining other ALEPH500 Web OPACs to analyse the customization process and to document what can and cannot be changed. Some of the customized Web OPACs under review are:
What are we looking for?
What is next?
Phase Three: Create a prototype of the Union catalog interface and open it up to a testing group for evaluation and revision ideas. Choose a name for the interface.
Phase Four: Modify the prototype according to test group input and make the interface available to the entire SUNY community. Address issues of ADA compliance.
Phase Five: Open the prototype for regional testing and input. Institute a procedure for gathering and implementing enhancement / modification requests.
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