SFX is Here!
Notes from NAUUG
Link to the SUNYConnect Committees
Eleven more SUNY campuses are in the process of migrating to the SUNYConnect LMS.
Canton, Delhi, Jefferson, Oneonta, Orange, Potsdam, Purchase, Rockland, Stony Brook HSC,
Sullivan, and Ulster have begun the implementation process. Initial meetings and data
analysis have been completed. Some of the Group3 libraries have begun receiving training
in the use of ALEPH. Test databases have been created for Oneonta, Purchase and Sullivan.
SUNY is working with Ex Libris Implementation Librarians Michael Blake, Mary Croxen and
Marc Keepper. Group3 contacts: Thanks for all of your
Training OLIS Style
With the Group3 implementations, SUNY OLIS is taking over more of the ALEPH training
previously conducted by Ex Libris. This includes an introductory course, system librarian,
cataloging, circulation and other SUNYConnect LMS-related training courses.
UB is Back!
University at Buffalo is part of SUNYConnect. UB had ceased work on their ALEPH
implementation. This decision was based on various issues related to the size and
complexity of their implementation of the Ex Libris software. While not all of these
issues have been fully resolved enough progress has been seen to make it possible for UB
to opt back in to the implementation process. Their scheduled move to the SUNYConnect
LMS is now in the 2003-2004 timeframe. Welcome back UB!
Morrisville Praises Ex Libris Technical Support
"I just thought everyone would be interested in my experience with Ex Libris Tech.
Support. I have submitted or had submitted for me two problem reports. I received a
response within an hour. I had a solution or at least a very detailed explanation of how
and why within three hours. The same person, Junfang Zhang with some assistance from Jerry
Specht (extremely capable people that also have a great service attitude) actually handled
both of my queries. I am extremely satisfied with the results and the explanations." Wilfred
(Bill) Drew Associate Librarian, Systems and Reference SUNY Morrisville College Library
Joseph Thornton Joins OLIS
The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services is please to announce the appointment
of a new Library Systems/Database Manager. Mr. Joseph Thornton will start with OLIS
November 4th. Joe has a significant amount of systems librarian experience primarily at
Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute and at Skidmore College. Joe will be working with ITEC and
Ex Libris on technical aspects of ALEPH system installation, implementation and
maintenance. Welcome Joe!
Union Catalog Prototype Being Tested
Progress on the SUNYConnect Union Catalog has not been as extensive as SUNY had
hoped. A test database has, however, been created. This involves bibliographic records
from a number of the early implementers of the SUNYConnect LMS. These records are
then merged together into a prototype system. The Data
Management Working Group has been involved in defining and evaluating the prototype.
The next steps include fine tuning the process used to merge duplicate bibliographic
records together and testing circulation components of the union catalog.
SUNYConnect Milestone: Document Delivery System
The availability of "LAND" has been announced. "Libraries and Nylink Deliver"
is the official SUNYConnect document delivery service. This milestone will be in
place when the SUNYConnect Union Catalog is implemented. Until then, LAND is
available for use within the context of traditional interlibrary loans.
A SUNY campus' participation in SUNYConnect pays for one drop-off/ pick-up
location on that campus. SUNYConnect fees also cover additional start-up fees for
the service. Additional delivery locations on the campus can be established at an
additional charge. For more information about LAND, please see http://www.nylink.suny.edu/land.htm
Core SUNYConnect Electronic Resources Defined
The SUNY Library
Contracts Advisory Team has sent along its recommendations to the SUNYConnect
Advisory Council regarding a core set of electronic resources that should be
considered for SUNY-wide purchase through SUNYConnect. Included in this core set of
resources are Gale OneFile (general full text), ProQuest ABI Inform (Business), Education
Plus (full text education database available from various vendors), ProQuest National
Newspapers (full text newspapers) and CINAHL (nursing and allied health database available
from various vendors). Click here for a SLiCAT committee
The list is being evaluated by S.A.C. The analysis includes, of course, the amount of
revenue available for the purchase of these resources. S.A.C. is in the process of
determining how much of the list will actually become / continue as SUNYConnect
electronic resources. SUNYConnect-wide access to the complete list would likely
require an increase in the SUNYConnect database fee.
Additional SFX training is being provided. Campuses receiving this training in October
were Alfred, Brockport, Buffalo (University, College and HSC), Ceramics, Corning, Erie,
Finger Lakes, Genesee, Geneseo, Jamestown, Monroe, and Oswego.
In November - Albany, Adirondack, Clinton, Columbia-Greene, Empire, Fulton Montgomery,
Hudson Valley, New Paltz, Plattsburgh and Schenectady will also receive SFX