I attended the ALA Conference in Washington, DC. Most of my time was spent in meeting with vendors. Over the 4 days I attended the conference I met with Kate Duval, our strategic account manager, Kate Howe and Jeff Shilling (for a demo of Director’s Station that Anne Roman, Irene Goldberg and Leah Wagner were able to attend as well), Chris Harris, our Sirsi self check contact, 3-M, ITG (self check machines), LibLime (a provider of open source ILS software), Userful (PC management software), Comprise, and Envisionware. I also met with one of the possible respondents to our RFQ on planning – Paul Meyer of Tecker Consultants. To feed my soul I was also able to squeeze in the Ken Burns and Garrison Keillor programs.
I think it was a successful conference and I was able to secure discount pricing from 3-M and ITG for self check equipment. I am pursuing discussions with Envisionware for discounted pricing as well.
Staff performance appraisals were completed this week and recommendations for salary increases will be presented at the Board meeting. This process followed much the same pattern as in previous years, with a few small adjustments.
Our benefits manager, Patrick Grant, has evaluated our existing health care program and provided a number of alternatives. I hope that he will attend the meeting and assist me in presenting my recommendation that we move from the Oxford Liberty plan we have had for the last several years to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Horizon POS plan. This plan will save us more than $22,000 this year. I have discussed this recommendation with the staff and most favor this move. Details on the plans will be provided when we meet.
In late June LMxAC convened a meeting of people interested in working on some improvements to the iBistro catalog. It was a great discussion, generating a lot of ideas. Ann and Mei will be working on implementing those ideas and I think you will see some changes to the test server as we experiment with enhancements to iBistro.
Ann and Mei have completed recording the text of phone notification messages to replace the computer-generated voices we have used previously.
Cataloging, Acquisitions and Baker & Taylor
Ann and Ruth have worked extensively on improving how we use SmartPort to bring bibliographic records in to our database. This is part of our overall effort to make more bibliographic records available as soon as possible and to decrease our overall cataloging costs.
We are moving forward with the B&T agreement and thus far we have 10 libraries who will be participating in this project.
Cheryl O’Connor has asked me to join the INFOLINK planning committee. I am looking forward to this opportunity to be more involved!
In June we made 22 troubleshooting visits to 13 different libraries. Other measures of activity include:
1. New Items Added 30759
2. Bib Records Added by LMxAC 3105
3. New Bib Records Added (Total) 5206
4. New User Records Added 4694
5. Brief Record Upgraded to full MARC 607
6. Duplicate records merged 1124
7. Inventory Reports 76
8. API reports 4
In the last month I have participated in the following meetings:
ALA June 22 – 26
iBistro Meeting June 28
Commerce Bank July 10
Personnel Committee July 11
Eileen M. Palmer