Based on the Process for Making Changes to WebLUIS approved by the SUS PSPC (Public Services Planning Committee) January 26, 1998
WebLUIS was an interface developed and maintained completely by FCLA staff working with staff from throughout the State University Libraries. Ideas for improvement were proposed, FCLA staff determined feasibility, and desired changes were made when possible.
The ALEPH Web OPAC uses configurable software developed by Ex Libris to create the interface; setup options exist to allow some customization of appearance, text, etc. In addition, some other desired changes may be possible through local development if FCLA programming resources are available. Finally, Web OPAC enhancement requests will periodically be submitted to Ex Libris by its customers, and some interface changes will eventually occur as a result of that corporate development.
An additional consideration in development of the SUL ALEPH Web OPAC interface that did not exist in the WebLUIS environment is the desire to provide a good deal of interface continuity with the Community Colleges' ALEPH Web OPAC, and with the union catalog interface that will be maintained for the SUL and CC systems.*
While implementation of desired changes in the SUL Web OPAC interface will not always follow the same path as those changes identified for WebLUIS did, this document describes a mechanism for determining interface priorities which is based on the process used successfully for WebLUIS development.