Volume 15 Number 1
The work of two SUNY-wide Task Forces is underway. Both groups have put surveys in front of the SUNY library community to solicit your input for important SUNYConnect initiatives.
The Shared Cataloging and Authorities Task Force is charged with developing work procedures and standards for a SUNYConnect LMS environment using a single bibliographic record and shared authority files. Procedures for sites on the shared Aleph servers to be established relate to
Survey participants are being asked for their input on these topics as well as for additional comments related to local campus issues.
Among other potential benefits, a shared bibliographic file would greatly reduce efforts needed to load records for electronic book packages and allow for implementation of any future SUNYConnect discovery system.
Thanks to the following colleagues for their service on this Task Force: Sandy Card (Binghamton), Louise Charbonneau (Mohawk Valley), April Davies (Cobleskill), Cindy Francis (Genesee), Marianne Hebert (Potsdam), Amy Hillick (Orange), Maggie Horn (OLIS, co-Chair), Kevin McCoy (Suffolk), Anne McFarland (Oneonta), Marianne Muha (Buffalo State), Nancy Poehlmann, (Albany), Angela Rhodes (Morrisville), Amy Rupp (Jamestown), Werner Sbaschnik (Old Westbury), Jennifer Smathers (Brockport), Matthew Smith (Sullivan), Kimmy Szeto (Maritime), Stephen Weiter (ESF),Kenyon Wells (Jefferson), Maureen Zajkowski (OLIS, co-Chair).
The group's charge document and addendum include additional details on Task Force topics.
is seeking your input regarding discovery software systems such as EBSCO's EBSCO Discovery Service, Ex Libris' Primo/Primo Central, Serials Solutions' Summon and OCLC's WorldCat Local. Tell us about your campus implementation of such a system, your views on a SUNYConnect-wide discovery system, and what you see as high priorities for such a consortium-wide software standard. SUNY library directors have been asked to respond to the survey utilizing additional information and perspective from their staff members.
The Task Force has heard directly from SUNY librarians involved in implementation of most of these systems.Software demonstrations from the vendors are scheduled for the first half of February. Price quotes have been received from EBSCO, Ex Libris, OCLC and Serials Solutions.
Criteria for the review of these systems and proposals are being finalized by the group.
Recommendations from both groups will be sent to SUNY's Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and for additional action to the SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD) later this year.
Thanks to all involved for their efforts in support of SUNYConnect.