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Nifty Notions, or Wild and Wooly Enhancement Ideas

Linda Bills, Tri-College Consortium
Joyce Bogin, Middle Country Public Library
David W. Nelson, Eastern Washington University
Peter Murray, Case Western Reserve University

This well-attended session offered a lively forum for both presenters and attendees to share “far flung ideas” regarding INNOPAC improvements.

Joyce Bogin opened the session by describing her sought-after program database. Her enhancement idea connects community programs with patron records. In her model, the create list function could be used for mailing lists and attendance sheets. Patrons could sign-up and view the programs for which they’ve registered. Having such an ability within INNOPAC would automate work that is currently very time-consuming to do manually. The audience believed that a similar version of Joyce’s idea could be utilized in academic libraries for such tasks as equipment reservations. Presenters and attendees agreed that the listserv would be a good forum in which to gain support for such a product.

Next up was Dave Nelson. His enhancement request links the table of contents for a periodical to its bibliographic record. When a user comes across the bibliographic record for a journal, she would be able to search the contents of that journal by author, title, or subject. The issue of user orientation was addressed. It was felt that this limitation could be handled by opening multiple browsers or by utilizing frames.

Peter Murray offered two enhancements. The first is a seamless check-in interface for electronic journals. Publishers could send new issue information electronically to INNOPAC and have it entered in the check-in card for the e-journal. In this manner patrons would know exactly which issues were available. As was noted, the current model lacks such exactness since the holdings for e-journals are often extended backwards; that is, publishers continue to make available older journal issues, such that a holdings statement quickly becomes erroneous. Peter’s second enhancement concerns unattended printer queue control. Software vendors could link to INNOPAC patron records for billing and authentication. It was felt that a need for such a system will perpetuate as more full-text databases are offered by libraries.

The final presenter was Linda Bills. She would like to see Innovative develop a reserve list management module. Faculty could connect to INNOPAC and update their reserves automatically – without additional effort on the part of the library. This communications tool could help to keep reserve lists current.

With the “formal” presentations over, the session was opened up to the audience. Some of the ideas they shared were:

Recorded by: Norm Medeiros, New York University School of Medicine

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