The project to apply various "service packs" to the shared
ALEPH systems is on schedule. Primarily geared to fix
software bugs, this represents an involved process in the
context of systems as large as the SUNYConnect LMS. The
patches have been applied to test areas ("dev") for all
sites. Processes for testing and moving that work to
production areas (including the union catalog) are ongoing.
Scheduled completion is May 23, 2007.
Some of the current database/electronic resource offers
Blackwell electronic journals
Early English Books Online (Proquest)
EconLIT with Full Text (EBSCO)
Research Now (Berkeley Electronic Press journals)
PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES (EBSCO)
OLIS strives to list out current offers / database
trials at http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/dbtrials.htm. Please contact John Schumacher to indicate your library's
interest in an offer or for additional information.
Borrowing Task Force.
The group has provided a report to S.A.C. "As the Task
Force deliberated over the course of a year, it became
increasingly clear that the issues of resource sharing
that we were addressing were laying the foundations for
greater opportunities for SUNY libraries to provide
enhanced services to their patrons. A fully functional
and timely resource sharing system will extend the spirit
of the SUNY Open Access policy to 21st century digital
world; provide the foundation for coordinated collection
development, shared collection management, purchase on
demand and the inevitable recognition of the SUNY library
collection as a University-wide asset." Additional
- performance targets (72 hours for physical materials;
48 hours for electronic);
- recommended loan period of 28 days (with one renewal);
- recommended use of the ILLiad software;
- financial support for libraries that are not currently
"The current Task Force should be extended for a period
of one year to oversee the beginnings of SUNY-wide
borrowing. The Task Force will complete its charge ...
by March 31, 2008."
Shared Services Task Force
This group has been evaluating and providing
recommendations on a number of ALEPH-related topics.
Please look at the task force's report to the SUNY
Council of Library Directors for additional information.
The group has
- provided input on the managed services pilot program;
- with OLIS, been looking at varying ALEPH support models for managed sites versus other libraries on the
SUNYConnect shared systems;
- recommended planning and testing for an upgrade to
ALEPH v.18 in 2007 with the actual upgrades beginning
- recommended tabling consideration of any migration
to a different ALEPH system architecture (this was
based on an analysis showing inadequate benefits for
such a change considering how large a project it would