Alice Cisna called the meeting to order at 1:35. The minutes for the October 26 meeting were approved.
Jan asked for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to make a statement. She had another commitment and then had to leave. She spoke about how disappointed she waas with the participation in the Local Holds test (only 2 libraries to date are testing). An enormous amount of time and energy has been spent on devising a compromise to this issue. The two largest libraries that have been behind this initiative aren’t testing and there will be no way to accumulate enough data to determine if Local Holds should continue or not with this level of participation. Also, individual libraries are devising their own workarounds to local holds instead of using the software to manage it. Patrons can’t help but be confused when one library is doing it differently from another. She then said that she would ask the LTLS Board of Directors to appoint a strategic planning committee for LINC, to include some members of LINC Policy Council, some members of LTLS Board, and others including library users. The LTLS Board President will chair this committee. She asked LPC to submit a list of volunteers for this committee.
Nanette Donohue made a presentation from the LINC Cataloging Policy Advisory Committee. The committee recommends rescinding several existing, outdated policies and adopting the Illinois State Library’s Statewide Cataloging Practices document as the LINC underlaying cataloging philosophy. These recommendations are referenced in a memorandum from the committee, located at: http://www.ltls.org/linccommittees/lpc/cag120406.pdf
After discussion, Fred moved that LPC give tentative approval to the LINC Cataloging Policy Advisory Committee’s recommendation, with final confirmation at the February meeting. Scott seconded the motion and it was approved.
Discussion then returned to the Local Holds test issue. The group concurred that more participants are needed to make the test valid. Fred then made a motion, seconded by Lou, to send a memo to the LINC Directors Group, asking them to consider participating in the Local Holds test even if there are philosophical differences. Participating in the test is not to be meant as an endorsement for Local Holds, but should be seen as a desire to have a test that is valid. This motion passed.
In discussion of other issues, LPC recommended that LTLS consider investigating options for funding delivery from the LINC libraries. Delivery is critical to the services of LINC. A motion to this effect was made by Karen, second by Scott, and passed unanimously.
Alice asked for volunteers to serve on the LTLS LINC Strategic Planning committee – Scott and Holly volunteered. Karen recommended Cynthia Helms and Janet Cler’s name was also mentioned.
The meeting adjourned at 10:45.