SUL PSPC OPAC SUBCOMMITTEE
Charge and Activities
by PSPC on March 20, 2006 Conference Call
was approved with the understanding that we can always return to the
issue, if it needs tweaking. The group will consider the report
(including the appendices – Charge & Activities, and SUL Web OPAC
Development Process) as the guide to its activities. It will be refined
as feedback from the PSPC or CSUL is received.]
opportunities for designing the WebOPAC interfaces of the 11 State
University Libraries (SUL) catalogs to be as easy as possible for
library patrons and staff to use, and collaborate with FCLA staff and
other appropriate groups as needed to implement changes.
I. RELATED TO CURRENT
ALEPH OPAC INTERFACES IN THE SUL
II. RELATED TO LONGER
TERM ALEPH OPAC INTERFACES IN THE SUL
- Examine user
interface options provided by Ex Libris in the ALEPH system, and review
current implementation of these options in the SUL catalogs.
- Identify areas of the interface for which decisions may be
made by each of the SUL independently.
- Identify areas of the interface that need to be consistent in
all of the SUL WebOPAC's for technical or technical support reasons.
- Discuss and recommend what areas of the interface are
important to be consistent in all of the SUL WebOPAC's, and facilitate
broader SUL discussion about these recommendations.
- When SUL-wide interface decisions are needed (or determined to be
desirable), discuss and propose alternatives, and facilitate broad
discussion throughout the SUL.
- Help insure that known SUL OPAC functional or presentation
problems discovered are communicated throughout the SUL.
III. OTHER POSSIBLE OPAC
- Review other Aleph
WebOPAC implementations to identify ideas for a possible longer-term
re-design of the SUL WebOPAC's.
- As needed,
participate in testing of and discussions about any new or existing
Aleph OPAC functionality.
discussions about possible OPAC enhancement proposals that may be voted
on annually by Aleph customers.
IV. OTHER ACTIVITIES
- Monitor evolving non-Aleph
OPAC interface developments that may allow for enhanced presentation of
library catalog information to SUL users. Facilitate broad discussions
and make recommendations as appropriate. NOTE: This may include
developments by Ex Libris and/or by any other vendor whose software
might be able to work in conjunction with the Aleph system.
ROLE OF OPAC SC MEMBER LOCALLY
- Help identify and
explore issues related to the loss of the WebLUIS SUS Union Catalog. As
needed, participate in any other union catalog service discussions.
- Monitor other tools
that allow for connecting from disparate systems to SUL catalog
information, or otherwise retrieving data contained in the SUL catalog
Each OPAC Subcommittee member is expected to play a primary role at his
or her respective institution in communicating with colleagues about
SUL WebOPAC issues, facilitating needed local discussions (e.g. to feed
in to any decisions that will apply SUL-wide), testing system
functionality, and reporting problems identified locally. They will
also share local experiences, discoveries, and decisions with
colleagues on the OPAC Subcommittee.
May 22, 2006