Public Services Steering Committee
Present: Carol Turner, Rich Bennett, David
Hickey, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Drum, Gary Cornwell, Ed Teague,
Absent: Colleen Seale
Carol said that she is putting together the
information and statistics on the 24-hour library. The numbers of students
using the library during the late night hours are similar to those of the
Reitz Union. The decision may be made to have extended hours during the next
finals period. Those hours may be opening at 6 am or 7 am and closing at
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Computer Distribution: David Hickey reported
that Access Services needed one more computer. Gary Cornwell said that Reference
had four computers go dead. Education needs two computer tables.
Scanners: Systems is trying to find new wand
scanners that are more durable than the ones used in the past. Gary said that
Bill Covey has found a scanner he wants to try.
- Discussion of housing non-circulating
items in the stacks
Carol Turner said there was a proposal to house
non-circulating materials at AFA. The idea came up because a patron had trouble
finding back copies of Congressional Quarterly, which is listed as a regular
periodical not a reference item.
Ed Teague said that when he started at the
Library an attempt was made to create a policy for non-circulating materials
that are not really reference materials, but are not expensive enough to lock
up. Currently some of these items are housed in the stacks.
Rich Bennett wanted to know if the non-circulating
materials in the stacks had codes on them so that they could not be accidentally
Several ideas were discussed including moving
the items to Paged Collection, or offering them for circulation for only one
Carol Turner said that the noncirculating materials
should be moved out of the reference area in Library West but a decision
needed to be made regarding where these items were placed. The decision was
made to discuss this with the Circulation Department and see what their suggestions
- Gift Opportunities
Several ideas for gift opportunities were discussed.
Carol Turner said that the library needed to come up with exciting proposals
because the library typically does not receive many donations. Rich suggested
that instead of asking for an endowment for a chair, an endowment could be
used for an entire program. Carol Drum said perhaps the library could ask
for money for a separate location for the Map Library or for a Center for
Jewish Studies which would also house the Judaica Library.
Rich also suggested including lower cost items
on the list, such as the opportunity to adopt a stack or adopt a journal.
Other suggestions were additions to the existing
library buildings rather than asking for a whole new building; also money
for more wiring and separate plug stations for students to plug in their laptops.
- WebLUIS changes in place
- Command drop-down now duplicated near
the top toolbar - forward/back arrows smaller to minimize space use
- Some of the more frequently used commands
in the drop-down menu are now capitalized
- The MARK check-boxes have been removed
from the Results List to improve response time; they remain on the record.
Marking records from the Results List is still possible by entering traditional
LUIS commands (mark 1-10, etc.)
- Database Locator now available from
the WebLUIS Home Page - allows browsing databases by subject, searching by
database name, etc.
- SUS A-T-S Index now includes CRL. Keyword
searching now possible so it can be called an SUS Union Catalog. (In "Classic"
LUIS too). This will eventually allow people to search in several databases.
- Upcoming WebLUIS issues to be announced/discussed
- Proxy server coming - will immediately
improve remote access for some databases (Lexis-Nexis, Britannica…).
UF's separate licenses must be reviewed for allowance of proxy access before
submitting changes to providers.
- Requirement for users and libraries
to upgrade browsers to support changes coming with FirstSearch in
August. This will also enable implementing a new Java applet for the WebLUIS
MARK check-boxes to improve response time further (and enable the check-boxes
to be put back on the Results List if desired).
- Review effectiveness of commands
presentation in the drop-down menu and consider alternatives. Decisions
need to be made for implementing before the beginning of the summer or fall
- "Review/Edit Last Search" command
- re-display previous search on the search form instead of the LUIS command
- Other UF WebLUIS Issues
- UF Libraries' Catalog interface changes
with CRL link in header
- New UF Course Reserve web page
with search entered directly. Now enables users to do a reserve search from
the UF Libraries homepage
- Experiments with the Database Locator
from UF Libraries' web pages. this may eventually allow us to use this database
locator as a search engine.
- UF Libraries' Catalog display of electronic
resources - location, call #, copy notes, 856 LINKS notes, etc.
- Jimmie Lundgren's 856 group proposal.
Mock-up screens have been prepared. The Public Service group will decide what
will be displayed
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations
(ETD) group status report There is now a server that shows 1997 UF theses
that are available online for downloading. The link is under the "What's
- Strategy for staff access to userid/password
for public resources that are not completely IP controlled.
There are some proprietary databases that cannot
be solely IP controlled, so they have passwords. But there has to be a secure
way to store user name and passwords for those databases. It has to be secure
so that not everyone has access to the password.
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