The Reference Committee met
on March 14, 2007
to work on the Board’s request that they evaluate federated searching products
and make a recommendation. They have
decided to conduct vendor demos of at least 3 products (MetaLib, WebFeat and
Central Search) and will open the demos up to all interested members. They are working on an evaluation criteria
and tool which will include speed, usability of results, ability to access the
native search, access to full text, ability to dedup results, reporting,
administration and customization, URL resolver, phrase searching, and
Sirsi SuperConference and News
Ann and I attended the Sirsi SuperConference in
February. The abrupt departure of the
Sirsi CEO just prior to the conference certainly made for some interesting
speculation throughout the 3 days. But
little was forthcoming from the company about either strategic direction or new
leadership. What little information we
did get about software development plans was altered just a couple of weeks
later with Sirsi’s announcement of Rome
– it’s new ILS product. While this does
not, I think, impact us right away, it is certainly something we will have to
watch closely. This announcement is most
significant to Dynix/Horizon users who have been waiting for Horizon 8.X to be
released for sometime now. This
admission that the Horizon product line development will be abandoned is
certainly disappointing for those customers.
will be built on the Unicorn foundation and that is good news for Unicorn
customers. My hope is that, with the
combined programming efforts focused in one direction, we will see accelerated
advancement of new capabilities of interest to us. We’ll be watching this closely.
I have been working with Pat Masi
of Weichert Commercial Realty to assess the marketplace in Middlesex County
for office space. We (Ann and I) have looked at several options. All would provide a savings over our current
lease, although in varying degrees. We
have looked at space in Edison, Piscataway and Woodbridge.
We are scheduled to also see some space in North
Brunswick. Space in Piscataway seems to be the most affordable and offer the
highest potential savings thus far. I
expect to have a more detailed report for you next month. If there are specific proposals to be
considered I will have Pat
Masi attend the April meeting to respond to your questions.
In December we made 15
troubleshooting visits to 8 different libraries. Other measures of activity include:
Added by LMxAC 1922
Records Added (Total) 4053
New User Records
Upgraded to full MARC 154
records merged 3619
API reports 4
9. Downtime: There was no unplanned System down time, but
iBistro was down for approximately 5 hours patches were applied to address
daylight savings time issues. The
downtime was on a Sunday evening and early morning before the libraries
In the last month I have
participated in the following meetings:
Meeting with PALSPlus Committee Feb. 12
LMxAC Board Meeting Feb
Sirsi SuperConference Feb. 18 - 21
with Realtor Mar.
with Jinny Baeckler Mar.
with Realtor Mar.
with Finance Committee Mar.
with Realtor (tour of office space) Mar.
with Reference Committee Mar.
Cultures Conference Mar.
Eileen M. Palmer