Alice Cisna called the meeting to order at 9:35. Alice asked if there were any changes to the agenda. The minutes for the February 7 meeting were approved.
Local Holds was discussed, with members of LPC (Alice, Lou, Sarah, Scott) explaining the types of materials they had assigned to Local Holds and how the test is working for them. Concensus is that it is working as it was designed to work. Fred then made a motion to accept the concept of Local holds, with an approval of policy changes at the next meeting. Scott seconded this motion. Fred and Jan volunteered to work on wording for the permanent policy; members agreed that it should have language about the value of resource-sharing.
Pat explained that there had been very substantial changes announced by SirsiDynix – Horizon 8.0 has been pulled and will not be developed. SD has announced the development path is focusing on Unicorn, with substantial components of Horizon 8.0 to be included in the next major release of a combined product, ‘Rome’. LTLS was informed of this in a conference call in March, because of our status as a beta partner in the development of 8.0. There was some discussion about what this means for ILS’s – the marketplace is shrinking and there is more talk about open source as a possibility. The tradeoff for open source is a need for more in-house programming expertise as opposed to paying a software company for that expertise.
Jan announced that LTLS is planning a major workshop in the fall, to discuss the issues in the changing landscape of ILS automation vendors and how libraries need to think in planning for future changes. We will start with a large workshop and will followup with all libraries in the LINC consortium to continue the education process. There was some disusion of the WorldCat Local project and its role in these changes.
Pat requested that LPC approve the appointment of a Circulation Policies subcommittee to review existing LINC circulation policies. Phill Cohee, Danville Public Library, has agreed to serve as Chair of this committee and we will ask for volunteers from LINC library staff. Scott volunteered to be the LINC Policy Council Liaison
Fred was acknowledged for his work over the years for LTLS and various committees. The next meeting will be held on June 13. After a motion by Fred, second by Holly, the meeting adjourned at 11:00.