March 28, 2003 Meeting Notes
Attendees: Katie Quinn (APLM), Jendy Murphy
(APLM), Debbie Shoup (EGRN), Lee Ricci (EGRN), Sharon O’Brien (TROY), Pat Sahr
(NASS), Bev Provost (BETH), Suzanne Fisher (VOOR), Denise Coblish (BETH), Tom
Barnes (GUIL), Ann-Marie Cicchinelli (COLN), Suzanne Winkler (GUIL), Jo-Ann Benedetti (UHLS), Rawdon Cheng (UHLS), Mary Fellows (UHLS).
This was a joint meeting to discuss the iPAC with
members of the Youth Services Advisory Council.
New information – KidsPAC will be ready in
4 weeks. The ASC has to decide when to launch it here. The goal is that we tweak
it in advance before the launch.
An upgrade to Horizon will occur Tuesday of next
week. This should not affect the iPAC or the circulation system.
IPAC changes previously agreed upon:
- Re-order the search with top seven search
fields in the staffPAC.
- On the Welcome screen, top right should
have the media limit boxes AND search field boxes, with OR in between each.
- Remove Add to my list from the search
- To Email List, add MLA and Chicago formats,
- There should be Basic Search and
Advanced Search only. The Advanced Search should look like the Power
Search. Remove the other search options.
- Is it possible to have the drop down menu
Select Another Library simply continue the search, rather than kick
the user back to the beginning screen?
- How many items can go on My List?
How long do they stay on? How can you change the length of time that an item
stays on the list? How do you clear your list? How do we let the patron know
- When will we have individual signons for
the staffPAC so that each person can create their own profile?
- If you double click or occasionally even
just single click on a title, sometimes it won’t load, and you have to refresh
the screen. It happens quite often. Is this a bug that can be fixed?
- When computers come up in morning, Ipac
comes up, blanks out, then comes right back. Is this a bug, or something to
New iPAC recommendations:
- Use bold, CAPS, and italics
for (location/details). Remove the parentheses. Make it look like an actual
button so people know to click on it. Move it closer to the title.
- “Click on title for more information” –
put this in center just below Search Results.
- Put the call number on each entry of the
Search Results, when you are searching in a particular library.
- There is no need to put the call numbers
or the hours if you choose All Libraries.
- After you click on the Hours tab,
it should say which library’s hours are listed. Put this up where it says
iPAC by epixtech.
- Underline each title so people know
they can click on it to get more information.
- On the Search Results screen, put
the book jacket graphic on the right.
- Remove the author name after the slash.
It is a duplication of the author name that comes below the title.
- Like Hennipin County Public Library’s iPAC,
try to make it more in columns, and keep it consistent so information is in
- Add a Kids button up at the top
along with the Basic Search and Advanced Search.
- Number each entry in the Search Results
- Make it evident, when in a single library
catalog, when the library owns an item (Browse Scope). It will do this now
in a Keyword Search.
- For libraries with branches, they want
to be able to see ownership of an item by all their branches without having
to constantly change screens.
- For the Kids search, more of the
J items need to be picked up. YA needs to be added, too. Part of this is a
cataloging issue from the Library of Congress.
- If there are no holdings at the library,
it should say “No holdings at this library. Click here for other locations.”
New StaffPAC recommendations:
- Make the highlighting brighter or bolder.
It is difficult to see.
- It’s not possible to change your restrictions
and not lose your search. Now, you have to go back and redo it.
The Adult Services Advisory Council and the Youth Services Advisory Council
will send liaisons to each other’s meetings to ensure consistency.
Other: Mary distributed information about the upcoming Riverway Storytelling
Festival. She also said that Youth Services Departments are aware that the Summer
Reading Program impacts the whole library. If anyone has concerns about this,
call or email Mary.
Rawdon said that the overdue notices are now being done on 3-part forms, for
those libraries that have had them in the past.
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 10 at 9:00 AM. The topic will not be
the iPAC! Carol Germain will speak on marketing your library.