October 3, 2002
MEMBERS ATTENDING: Mary Bissey, Linda Davidson, Scott Drone-Silvers, Sally Duchow, Rick Dulaney, Mona Bays, Lou Graham, Cynthia Helms, Jan Hickox, Jan Johnson, Anne Newman, Barb Nolan, Diann Peabody, Fred Schlipf, Barb Turner, Glenna White, Wilma White, Lisa Winters, Bethany Bolduc, Nancy Claypool, Jan Ison, Sally Newbury
OTHERS ATTENDING: Pat Boze, Merdy Smith
The meeting was called to order at 1:35 p.m. by Sally Duchow, Chair. Minutes from the May 16, 2002 meeting were approved, with a change in who attended.
Pat Boze said that the LINC Nominating Committee, comprised of Fred Schlipf and Barb Nolan, had approved the candidates for Chair and Vice Chair of LINC Policy Council and LINC Directors Group, as follows:
Cynthia Helms, Chair
Phil Cohee, Vice Chair
There were no additions to the slate of candidates. Rick Dulaney motioned, seconded by Bethany Bolduc, to approve these candidates; the motion carried unanimously.
Jan Ison discussed the final draft of the LLSAP Automation Study project, prepared by Dr. William Moen, University of North Texas, for the Illinois State Library. LTLS fared well in the conclusions our consortium continues to grow, it is very multitype, and the costs for participation are low. There was discussion on some of the recommendations from the study--that all LLSAPšs should charge using the same formula, that the Illinois State Library should review all contracts with automation vendors, that an investigation of a separate union catalog for special libraries and school libraries that arenšt members of LLSAPs should be conducted, among others.
Jan also mentioned that the Illinois State Library is participating in a joint OCLC project, along with 2 other states, to create a statewide WorldCat, or Illinois WorldCat, with links back to individual library catalogs for shelf status. Fifty participants are being selected by ISL. Several directors present indicated they would be interested in this project.
Pat Boze gave an online demonstration of the iPac product. This product was configured over the summer. It is currently being tested in 3 libraries and is available on the LTLS web site, at http://www.ltls.org:8080. There are still some bugs, configuration changes, and graphical enhancements that will be made. We are running the first version of the product. A new version, with over 400 bug fixes, is expected from epixtech soon.
Pat mentioned that this product has the ability to support 5 users per each PAC port, as opposed to the 1 user that is supported with Pac4Windows. This means more users would have access to the catalog at any one time. The catalog also includes enhanced cataloging information, such as book covers, reviews, and links to related web sites. LTLS staff are currently configuring an individual iPac for each of the LINC libraries that has one or more PAC ports.
Directors voiced several concerns about the product, including its open access to the Internet, access to Amazon/Barnes & Noble web sites, and issues relating to using patron pin numbers versus the current authentication method.
Action Item 2003-1 was presented. LINC Policy Council recommended that a Request for Proposal be written, for a migration from Dynix to Horizon. A motion was made to accept the Action Item by Barb Nolan, seconded by Barb Turner. The Action Item was approved. Scott Drone-Silvers said he felt the LINC Directors Group should make the final decision on whether an actual migration would happen, not LINC Policy Council. Jan indicated that both LDG and the LTLS Board of Directors would be involved in the final decision.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.